After reports late last year that Tim Burton would be working on a new project for MGM based on The Addams Family IP and Netflix was interested, it now appears Netflix has secured the show. The new show is titled Wednesday and focuses mainly on the character of, you guessed it, Wednesday Addams. Here’s what we know so far.
UPDATE (02/17/2021): Netflix has officially confirmed the project with NXonNetflix releasing a first look poster for the series.
Are you ready for the best Wednesday ever? A Wednesday Addams live action series following the spooky icon’s coming of age is coming to Netflix. And with it, Tim Burton will be making his TV directorial debut! pic.twitter.com/rKQ7oZU645
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) February 17, 2021
In a press release, Netflix’s Teddy Biaselli said:
“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.”
Later adding on Burton’s involvement in the series:
“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.”
Just to quickly recap, last October Deadline reported that Netflix was the front runner for a new series based on The Addams Family IP that had Tim Burton attached to direct alongside Alfred Gough and Miles Millar as showrunners and executive producers.
Gough and Millar have had hands in TV projects such as Smallville while also working on Shanghai Noon and Spider-man 2. Burton requires no introduction having been nominated for two Oscars with a vast collection of work ranging from Edward Scissorhands to Corpse Bride to most recently Disney’s live-action Dumbo.
The Addams Family, for those unaware, is about a fictional household that was first seen back in the 1930s in comic strip form. Over the decades, the IP has been adapted into films (both live-action and animated) as well as TV, video games, and musical productions.
Now fast forward a few months it looks as though Netflix has officially won the bidding war to the series and is scheduled to go into production this summer with no release window announced just yet. If we had to guess, it won’t be on Netflix until 2022 at the very earliest.
MGM TV is the production studio ultimately behind the series but Netflix will carry the global distribution rights.
Season 1 of Wednesday is set to be eight hour-long episodes.
We can also reveal what the series will be about. Here are some early details including the logline for the series which follows:
“Wednesday Addams misadventures as a student at Nevermore Academy: a very unique boarding school snuggled in deepest New England.”
The first season (it’s currently unclear whether Netflix ordered multiple seasons upfront) will follow Wednesday Addams at boarding school where she’s learning to master her growing set of abilities all the while solving a murder mystery, going up against a new growing evil threat, and battling with her various new relationships around the school of Nevermore.
Wednesday Addams (the lead role expected to be Latino or Hispanic) will be aged between 18-20 and the show will also feature Gomez Addams and Morticia Addams who you’ll be familiar with if you’ve watched the movies or read the comics. No cast members have been revealed yet.
As the show is set in a boarding/high school setting, the vast majority of the rest of the cast will be teens. Among the supporting characters for the series include Enid Sinclair, Tyler Galpin, Yoko Tanaka, Xavier Thorpe, Eugene Ottley, Ajax Petropolis, Principal Larissa Weems, Tamara Novak, and Bianca Barclay.
Jon Glickman, Andrew Mittman, and Gail Berman are attached as executive producers.
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