Tim Burton’s reboot of The Addams Family is coming to Netflix. Burton was said to be working with MGM TV on a live-action series focused on pop culture’s weirdest family last year. The idea was reportedly pitched to a number of investors, with Netflix being the most interested. Now, Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Wednesday, a Burton-created Addams Family spinoff focusing on an older Wednesday Addams in college.
Wednesday will be directed by Tim Burton, with Al Gough and Miles Millar acting as showrunners. The live-action show is referred to as a “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday’s years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships of the strange and diverse student body.”
Tim Burton is best known for his films Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Batman, but this will be his first live-action TV show. He had previously been attached to an animated Addams Family film but never materialized. Along with Gough, Millar, Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman, and Gail Berman, Burton will executive produce.
No actors have been cast in the series yet, and it is unclear who will play the new Wednesday. The fact that the heroine is in a whole different world of her own implies that the rest of the Addams family can only be seen in a small capacity. There had been fan protests asking for specific actors to play Gomez and Morticia, such as Johnny Depp or Oscar Isaac as Gomez and Eva Green or Christina Ricci as Morticia, until it was announced that the series would be centered on Wednesdays.
Burton could be the ideal filmmaker to reimagine The Addams Family in a fresh new way, based on his previous work. There’s no news about when Wednesday will begin shooting, but Netflix has confirmed the show’s existence by tweeting the first poster for the season.