The Addams Family

Here’s some appropriately gothic news for Halloween: MGM is working on another reboot of The Addams Family, this time as an animated feature. That might sound like old news to those who recall that Tim Burton was working on a stop-motion animated version a few years back, but in fact, this is a new incarnation altogether. Hit the jump to find out what we can expect from this latest take.

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In March, a story came out of Deadline that a stop-motion animated Addams Family film is being developed with Tim Burton as likely director. Burton’s reps quickly issued a denial, saying that he “has not lined up any of his upcoming projects.” When Brendon reported on the story and the denial, he surmised that Deadline’s report wasn’t incorrect, but that this project might just be a long ways off.

Now there is support for that idea, which comes from one of the film’s producers, Christopher Meledandri. He says the film is indeed being developed, but that it is in the early stages. And yes, Tim Burton is the director he has in mind. Read More »


Update: MTV have received a statement from Burton’s representation that says “There is no truth to the story. Tim has not lined up any of his upcoming projects”. I’m pretty sure this official line in no way undermines the validity of Deadline’s reporting – they won’t have just made this up. We’re obviously just a long, long way off from anything coming to fruition.

It was a popular observation that Barry Sonnenfeld’s two big-screen Addams Family films were styled and shot somewhat similarly to the movies of Tim Burton. Some even criticised Sonnenfeld quite caustically for this, which was perhaps a little unfair as this look was pretty true to the basic source material, Charles Addams‘ cartoon strips from The New Yorker – illustrations that had clearly had some impact on Burton’s aesthetic in the first place.

Adding another noodle to that spaghetti plate of inspiration and imitation, news comes today that Tim Burton is to make his own Addams Family film. Like his upcoming Frankenweenie, the Addams project is to be made as a 3D stop-motion project, pretty much roping in all of Burton’s interests at once.

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