There are certain combinations that just seem destined to be, and one of those is certainly director Tim Burton and The Addams Family. Although it is hard to believe that this has not already happened, the Netflix series Wednesday is set to make fans’ gothic Addams Family dreams a reality when the show arrives on the platform in November. For Burton himself, there is a specific thing that drew him to the project.
Wednesday is not actually the first time that Tim Burton has almost been part of an Addams Family project. He ultimately turned down the chance to direct the 1991 big screen adaptation, which starred Christina Ricci as the daughter of Raul Julia’s Gomez and Anjelica Huston’s Morticia, and was also set to make a stop-motion animated movie based on the Charles Addams cartoon strip in 2010, but that was abandoned. Now, Burton is finally bringing the ooky-kooky family to screens for Netflix with Jenna Ortega in the title role, and he told Empire magazine what finally drew him to the franchise.
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“When I read this [script], it just spoke to me about how I felt in school and how you feel about your parents, how you feel as a person. It gave the Addams Family a different kind of reality. It was an interesting combination. In 1976, I went to a high-school prom. It was the year Carrie came out. I felt like a male Carrie at that prom. I felt that feeling of having to be there but not be part of it. They don’t leave you, those feelings, as much as you want them to go. You know, Wednesday and I have the same worldview. “
Tim Burton is the Perfect Director For Wednesday
Wednesday is already an intriguing idea, with the Addams’ daughter having only had a secondary role in the original movies. Adding Tim Burton into the mix enhances this for a number of reasons. The director has made a career of bringing outcasts to the world on the big and small screen, and Wednesday certainly falls into that category. As someone who will happily dump a bagful of piranha fish into their school swimming pool, Wednesday certainly makes her presence felt around her fellow students at Nevermore Academy, even if she never quite fits in.
Wednesday is a fantasy murder mystery that is described as a coming of age story of Jenna Ortega’s character, who has been expelled from eight different schools and ends up being enrolled in the private school of Nevermore Academy, where she becomes entwined in a mystery that leads to discoveries about her own parents.
The new take on the Addams Family is likely to be one of the biggest hits coming to Netflix towards the end of the year, and even before the first episode airs, it is clear that this could well sit alongside many of the much-loved movies of Tim Burton such as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice.
Wednesday comes to Netflix on November 23, with a tie-in website where you can “apply” to Nevermore Academy up and running now ahead of the series premiere.