They’re creepy, and they’re crazy, mysterious, and scary – and they’re coming to Netflix. Tim Burton heads a new one Addams family Spinoff series on Wednesday Addams, appropriately titled Wednesday.
The streaming service announced the series in February 2021, revealing the first glimpse of the show’s artwork, which featured a silhouette Wednesday playing cello with a large knife instead of a bow.
Few more details have been released about the eight-part series, but given Burton’s penchant for horror-inspired, Gothic-hued aesthetics, he and the Addamses should be a good match.
The director who will make his first foray into television with first WednesdayHe became known in the 1980s with Pee-wee’s great adventure, Beetle juice and Batman. His next project, 1990s Edward with the scissor hands, probably made of stars Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder (and was memorably parodied by Timothée Chalamet in a Super Bowl commercial in 2021).
Over the course of his career, he has worked repeatedly with many of the same actors, including Depp, Michael Keaton, Christina Ricci, Michelle Pfeiffer and his ex-girlfriend, Helena Bonham Carter. So far, none of these people have been announced as involved in Wednesday, but it doesn’t hurt to dream of a eyelashed Pfeiffer as the family matriarch Morticia.
The Addams family started out as a series of single-panel New Yorker Caricatures by illustrator Charles Addams that ran from 1938 until his death in 1988. The first Hollywood adaptation was a half-hour sitcom that ran from 1964 to 1966. In 1973 and 1992, two animated series and a live-action series with the title followed The new Addams family ran from 1998 to 2001.
The first theatrical adaptation hit theaters in 1991, with a cast that included Ricci as Wednesday, as well Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd. The continuation, Addams Family Values, premiered in 1993 and was followed by a direct-to-video reboot in 1998.
Finally the creepy crew returned in the 2019 animation The Addams family, with voice work by Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac and Sniffer dog as cousin Itt. A continuation of this version should appear in November 2021. Oh, and there was also a Broadway musical that premiered in 2010.
All of this means this isn’t the first time someone has tried to bring the Addams back. It’s not even the first time Burton has tried this – it was attached to a stop-motion film version that was discontinued in 2013.
However, it’s the first time anyone has focused on Wednesday Addams alone, which is great news for fans of pigtail braids and the color black. Keep scrolling to see everything we know so far Wednesday::