Netflix has announced it is developing a new 8-episode live-action series based on The Addams Family character Wednesday Addams. Tim Burton is also set to direct the series, marking his first time directing for television.
Dubbed “Wednesday,” the new series will focus on the young daughter of the Addams family, historically a loner with an incredibly dark sense of humor. Take a look at the poster below.
While historically Wednesday has skewed on the younger side depending on the adaptation, Wednesday (the series) will see her arrive at Nevermore Academy, where she’ll learn to control her psychic powers, deal with murderous monsters, and what else, solve a mystery involving her parents.
Whether it was the classic TV series, the brilliant movies, the recent Broadway musical or even their guest appearances on Scooby Doo – every time the Addams Family was on a screen, I was watching,” Netflix executive Teddy Biaselli said in a press release. “I loved that at every opportunity the Addams skewered so-called ‘normality.’ Their entire existence was a middle finger (attached to a disembodied hand) to the status quo. And none was more rebellious, more avant garde and more iconic than Wednesday Addams.”
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Typically functioning as a part of the Addams ensemble, the new Netflix series marks the first time that Wednesday has received her own dedicated adaptation.
Burton is also serving as executive producer, alongside showrunners/executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands), executive producer Andrew Mittman (2019’s CG The Addams Family), and more. Netflix is also working with MGM and UA Television on Wednesday.
Funny enough, this is Burton’s first foray into the Addams Family franchise, despite a long history of comical, macabre films that almost certainly took inspiration from the original Addams Family, which debuted as a New Yorker cartoon strip in 1938.
Despite being more than 80 years old, the Addams Family is still kicking when it comes to fan reception. IGN gave 2019’s CG-animated Addams Family film an eight out of 10, calling it “all treat and no trick.” The 1991 and 1993 films respectively earned admirable box office takes alongside positive critical reception.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/it for IGN.