Calling All 'Addams Family' Fans: Tim Burton's Directing a Spinoff of the Original Comedy, Called 'Wednesday'

Taran Underwood

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Netflix is getting ready to welcome a brand-new live-action series, which happens to be a spinoff of the classic tale, The Addams Family. The eight-episode series called Wednesday is being directed by Tim Burton. The show follows Wednesday Addams' journey as a student at Nevermore Academy. There, she tries to master her psychic abilities, prevent the local town from a massive killing spree, and solve the supernatural mystery that her parents brought upon her 25 years ago.

Wednesday, a character initially created by Charles Addams, will be viewed in a new light as she embarks on this adventure without her siblings and parents by her side. The production has been in the works since the fall of 2020. However, it didn't get picked up by a network or streaming platform until recently. Netflix became intrigued by the work of Al Gough and Miles Millar, the showrunners and executive producers.

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"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," said Teddy Biaselli, Director of Original Series' at Netflix. "They nailed the tone, the spirit, and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story." However, the series wouldn't be complete without director Tim Burton's help, who's worked on similar projects such as Beetlejuice and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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"We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series," Biaselli continued. "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."

The infamous tale of The Addams Family has been around since 1938 when cartoonist Charles Addams first brought this vision to life. The iconic series first aired in 1964, followed by multiple feature films over the years; Wednesday Addams has been portrayed in many different ways. It was rebooted again in 2019, but this time as an animated film, directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. Stay tuned for a whole new perspective on this mysterious family in the live-action series, Wednesday