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The Addams Family Is Finally Getting A Live-Action Reboot From Tim Burton

The Addams Family Is Finally Getting A Live-Action Reboot From Tim Burton

The Addams Family is officially getting a reboot - and director Tim Burton is in talks to executive produce and direct it.

According to Deadline, Burton is set to reimagine the franchise alongside Smallville developers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who have been recruited as head writers on the series.

The Addams Family was first brought to life by American cartoonist Charles Addams in the '30s before being picked up for two live action series': a movie franchise starring Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd, and - in 2019 - an animated movie from MGM, which is expecting a sequel in 2021.

The new series is rumoured to be set in the present day, and told from the perspective of Wednesday Addams, however this is not officially confirmed.

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The reboot could be from the perspective of Wednesday Addams (Credit: Paramount Pictures)
The reboot could be from the perspective of Wednesday Addams (Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Reports suggest that lots of big platforms are bidding for rights to the show RN, including Netflix.

We don't currently have details on cast, release date or plot, but we'll update you as soon as we know more.

Given that The Addams Family is about the most famous spooky franchise around, there couldn't be a better fit than Burton - who has previously worked on Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands.

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Another dark comedy he's made his mark on is Dark Shadows. Originally a gothic-horror soap opera, Burton turned the series into a feature film in 2012, starring Johnny Depp.

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Should he take it up, the gig would be Burton's first TV live action series.

Originally, Charles Addams' depiction of The Addams Family featured Gomez and Morticia Addams, their kids Wednesday and Pugsley and close relatives Uncle Fester and Grandmama.

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It also included their butler Lurch, and Pugsley's pet octopus, Aristotle.

The family expanded over the years, with The Thing (which evolved into a disembodied hand) being introduced in 1954 and Gomez's Cousin Itt landing in 1964, alongside Morticia's pet lion Kitty Kat.

Finally, Pubert Addams - who is Wednesday and Pugsley's infant brother - joined the clan in Addams Family Values.

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They were originally conceived as a satirical depiction of the ideal 20th-century American family: rich and somewhat odd, with a love for all things dark and gloomy.

We can't wait to see how Tim Burton brings them to life once more.

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