Well, here’s some unexpected–but very welcome–news just before Halloween: Tim Burton is looking to return The Addams Family to small-screen creepiness.
The acclaimed genre filmmaker reportedly is in serious talks to reboot the classic 1960s TV show about the family that is “altogether ooky” (whatever that means), serving as executive producer and hopefully as director, according to Deadline.
Burton–the man behind Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Dark Shadows and Batman–would seem to be the perfect choice for such a project. This would be the director’s first major live-action TV series.
The project–in the works at MGM TV–would also have Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) on board as head writers and showrunners. They also would serve as executive producers alongside Burton.
The series–described as being “set in present times from the perspective of Wednesday Addams and what the world would look like to her in 2020”–does not yet have a TV home, but Netflix reportedly is the frontrunner to land the show.
The Addams Family, of course, has been brought to life on the Silver Screen in both live-action and animated versions (The Addams Family 2 is slated for theaters in October 2021), and has even achieved success on Broadway as a musical-comedy from 2010-2011.
The original TV series–which ran for 64 episodes on ABC from 1964-1966–was adapted by David Levy and Donald Saltzman from the long-running New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams. The iconic show starred John Astin (Gomez), Carolyn Jones (Morticia), Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester), Ted Cassidy (Lurch), Blossom Rock (Grandmama), Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley) and Lisa Loring (Wednesday).
Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on casting and such for the new TV incarnation of The Addams Family.