She’s creepy and she’s kooky — mysterious and spooky. But not ooky. As reported by Deadline, eclectic filmmaker Tim Burton will be at the helm for a live-action The Addams Family spin-off at Netflix. The focus of said spin-off? Everyone’s favorite gothic queen, Wednesday Addams! 

Now, the series is called Wednesday. It’s described as a coming-of-age comedy. Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar have penned a script while Burton will serve as the director. Additionally, Burton will executive produce alongside Gough and Millar. Here’s a synopsis of the show per the Netflix press release:

The upcoming eight-episode series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday’s years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships of the strange and diverse student body. 

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This marks Burton’s TV directing debut and his first live-action series. Previously, Burton developed and executive produced the animated outing Beetlejuice, which ran from 1989 to 1991 for four seasons. The show was based on his 1988 Michael Keaton-led feature of the same name. Burton’s last directorial project was 2019’s live-action Disney flick Dumbo

The Addams Family was created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938. A sitcom focusing on the macabre clan blossomed in the 1960s. Then, the property made a resurgence with two popular films in the 1990s. Since then, a Broadway musical took center stage and an animated movie hit the film circuit in 2019. Christina Ricci portrayed Wednesday in the ’90s. She’s most associated with the character out of all the Wednesday Addams iterations. 

Burton is the perfect fit for Wednesday. He has an extensive history of nurturing “social outcasts” and telling stories about those who march to the beat of their own drum. Admittedly, I was wondering why Burton didn’t orchestrate previous The Addams Family projects. It’s right up his alley. I’m excited to see Gough, Millar and Burton’s take on this iconic character. 

Are you psyched about Wednesday? Let us know in the comments below!



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