Tim Burton will direct a Netflix live-action series featuring Wednesday Addams, the streaming giant said.
Based on the character originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams, Wednesday is described as a “coming-of-age comedy” set during the death-obsessed youngster’s school years.
Tim Burton is bringing Wednesday Addams to Netflix in a live-action coming-of-age series!
Burton will also make his TV directorial debut on the sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery that follows Wednesday as a student at Nevermore Academy pic.twitter.com/8ei3wIUrxq
— Netflix (@netflix) February 17, 2021
Acclaimed filmmaker Burton – known for his affinity with the bizarre and macabre – will direct while Al Gough and Miles Millar will serve as executive producers.
Teddy Biaselli, Netflix’s director of original series, said: “The upcoming eight-episode series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday’s years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy.”
Viewers will see Wednesday attempting “to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorised the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago,” Biaselli added.
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Wednesday was first introduced – though without a name – in Addams’ original 1938 cartoons for the New Yorker.
She and the rest of her family – including father Gomez and mother Morticia – were given names for the classic 1964 TV series.
Christina Ricci played Wednesday in 1991 film The Addams Family and its 1993 sequel.
A 2019 animated film version featured Chloe Grace Moretz as the voice of Wednesday.
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