Tim Burton is making his long-awaited television directorial debut, and he’s doing it by finally tackling the creepy and kooky world of The Addams Family in a new Netflix series. Though, his take on the iconic horror family will focus on just one character, Wednesday Addams!
It’s reported the new Netflix series will see Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar serving as writers and showrunners, with Burton directing an unspecified number of the eight episodes.
Wednesday is described as “a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a Nevermore Academy student. She 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 at Nevermore.”
Teddy Biaselli, Netflix’s Director Original Series, gushed about the series saying, “When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit, and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story.”
Biaselli adds, “We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series. Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz, and Batman. And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy.”
At the time of reporting, there’s no word on who will fill the goth shoes of the titular character. Lisa Loring initially played her in the 60s series, while Christina Ricci most famously portrayed the character in 1991’s The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values.