The acclaimed director is poised to work on his first major live-action TV series with a reboot of the satirical inversion of the ideal 20th-century family that American cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938 that inspired several TV series and movies, reports Deadline. Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will write the series and serve as showrunners, while Burton will executive produce and potentially direct. MGM Television is shopping the potential series, with Netflix among the bidders. "While not confirmed, sources say the new live-action series would be set in present times and be from the perspective of Wednesday Addams and what the world would look like to her in 2020," reports Deadline's Justin Kroll, adding: "The pairing of Burton and The Addams Family would be a perfect fit as the dark themes of the spooky clan line up so perfectly with what you see in classic Burton films like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Burton clearly has interest in series with dark comedic themes, having also adapted the ’70s series Dark Shadows into a feature film starring Johnny Depp." Burton's previous TV work includes an animated series based on his 1988 film Beetlejuice that ran from 1989 to 1991. The Addams Family was turned into a TV series four times, most famously as a 1964-66 ABC sitcom, plus two animated series in the 1970s and 1990s. The 1998 live-action revival The New Addams Family lasted one season.
TOPICS: The Addams Family, Wednesday, Al Gough, Charles Addams, Miles Millar, Tim Burton, In Development, MGM Television, Revivals