Back in March we reported that Tim Burton was interested in creating a new version of The Addams Family. If you remember, the last time we saw the creepy family on screen was in 1993 with Addams Family Values, which was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. According to Deadline, Burton is ready to put his own dark twist on the series and he’s getting a little help from the writers of his 1994 feature, Ed Wood.
Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are the lucky scribes who’ll pen the script for Burton’s Addams Family. Besides Ed Wood the pair’s resume also includes 1408 and The People Vs. Larry Flynt. Burton will direct the stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams’ original cartoon drawings of The Addams Family. Illumination Entertainment has acquired the rights to the images that were once staples in The New Yorker magazine.
Burton is taking a direct approach to the characters by shying away from the 1960’s series, the 1990’s movies, the animated series and the Broadway musical by centering on the original material. Therefore, his version won’t seem like a rehash of what we’ve already seen (fingers crossed).
What do you think of the new writers of The Addams Family? Are you a fan of any of their previous work?