The Addams family have entertained multiple generations at this point. The original comic strip spawned a television series. That gave way to a pair of films in the 1990s, followed most recently by a 2019 animated movie. MGM Studios, which owns the rights to the franchise, is determined to mine the current nostalgia like they did in the 1990s. Yet, this latest news about the ghoulishly funny family is possibly exciting. Tim Burton is attached to a new live-action series featuring the Addams Family, focused on Wednesday’s perspective.
There is a wrinkle. With the Streaming Wars in full effect, new contenders in the marketplace typically develop their own series. They take all the risk and reap all the reward. However, MGM is still one of those studios without a streaming service, thus this series does not yet have a home.
With the sheer volume of new streaming services (though some are already going away), it’s a good time for studios without streaming services, it seems. With streaming services shelling out top dollar for series like The Office and Friends, a property like the Addams Family is perfect for a reboot. It has the baked-in name recognition but promises to be something new. With the addition of Tim Burton to the live-action Addams Family series, that adds even more excitement. Whatever you think of Tim Burton, there’s no denying that his visual style could blend seamlessly with that of an updated Addams Family. The sort of humorous grotesque aesthetic of films like Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas seems almost made for characters like the Addams.
Charles Addams created the comic, using his own surname for the characters, in 1938. A sequel to the animated Addams’ movie is still in development for a proposed 2021 release.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.