‘Addams Family’ Animated Movie Still in Development (With Tim Burton?)

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

The last time we reported on a new version of The Addams Family, it was back in March when there were rumors of it being done in stop-motion and (surprise, surprise) 3D.

For awhile Tim Burton was rumored to be directing, however back in March the reaction from Burton’s reps was that there was, “no truth to the story.” At the time it was also stated that “Tim hasn’t lined up any of his projects.”

Fast-forward three months at it appears Burton might direct a new Addams Family after all.

The latest word on the project comes from producer Christopher Meledandri when he spoke to Coming Soon at the junket for the animated movie, Despicable Me. Meledandri confirmed that although it’s still in the early stages, The Addams Family is moving ahead and that it’s to be done using stop-motion animation (ala Coraline, A Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride) as opposed to being computer animated. Not that there’s anything wrong with the latter, but it’s refreshing to see some diversity.

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As for Burton directing, nothing is for definite quite yet but he is being kept firmly in mind during the project’s development. Said Meledandri:

“It’s all very, very early, but we are developing with [Tim Burton directing] in mind… We’re just now at the story phase. Stuff has been written as though we are doing it in black and white, but that’s not correct. It’s not incorrect, but it’s not correct. We haven’t gotten to that point.”

There was rumors that The Addams Family would be done in black-and-white. As you can see from the above quote, Meledandri didn’t confirm it’s going to be done in that form but did say it’s being considered. If it was done in B&W it would certainly make the film stand out from all the other bright and cheery animated movies filling the multiplexes these days (the last B&W animated movie I can remember seeing in theaters was the stunning 2007 French film, Persepolis).

Finally, Meledandri confirmed previous reports that the new Addams Family will be based on the original Charles Addams drawings and comics from The New Yorker (which Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment acquired the rights to awhile back), as opposed to any of the later TV series or movies. So file this film under “new adaptation” and not “remake.”

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Meledeandri didn’t say anything about the project being in 3D as has been previously rumored. However, omission of that detail on his part doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be in 3D. These days we’ve reached the point where it becomes a talking point if a film ISN’T in 3D, rather than the other way around as it used to be in the good ol’ days (remember those?).

Unless the development of The Addams Family especially catches Burton’s eye, I can’t see him choosing it over other projects he’s already got on the way: Dark Shadows, Monsterpocalypse, Frankenweenie (also being done in stop-motion animation), Mai, the Psychic Girl, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Maleficent all have Burton’s name attached to them. Of those projects I want Burton to make Dark Shadows before doing anything else, but that’s just me.

Would you like to see Burton direct a new stop-motion version of The Addams Family? Or would you prefer he get on with making all the other projects he’s attached to first?

More on The Addams Family from Screen Rant as news comes out.

Source: Coming Soon

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  1. Can’t wait. Yea right.

  2. I take that back, with TV at the helm, it might not be to bad.

  3. Burton is a cool director……

  4. I guess the real question is if Tim Burton does direct this, will Helena Bonham Carter be the voice of Morticia?

    Don’t get me wrong, I love HBC, but I would like to see Tim cast other actresses besides his wife in main roles now.

    • Well you know that he will probably try to find a way to get his man crush,Johnny Depp in it as well.

  5. Why is it anything slightly dark or gothic Tim Burton has to put his little rubber stamp on it? and he doesn’t even do that well… I admit beetle juice and Edward scissor hands were pretty good but that’s what he needs to be doing, his own f***ing concepts.

      • Big Fish was a really cool movie. It caused a date to bawl in the aisles at the end of the movie. Probably Tim Burton’s most emotionally touching movie to date.

  6. Tim Burton is perfect for this. I love all his stop-motion animations. Especially Nightmare Before Christmas. It is a classic !

  7. Let us not forget his first stop motion Vincent. I’d love to see him do Addams Family, once upon a time in my youth there was a cartoon based off of the comic strip. Oh but to see it in stop motion I personaly love the idea. I also don’t doubt he’ll try to get his regular actors in there. Heck I know it’s very early yet but my bet is he’ll ask Johnny Depp to be Gomez Addams. And Helena to be Morticia. And Elfman best be doing the music! As for the one trick pony, I can’t compleatly agree there. Sure every movie of his is dark and depressing but it’s his touch. Every director has their own thing. One of my personal favs though was Ed Wood! I say ACTION Mr. Burton! Let it be made!

  8. A Hack I say

  9. I would love to do one of the voices for a charactor in this movie! I think it would be fun to work with Tims! His style is dark and creepy. His characters are strange, but very interesting!

  10. CGI is not bad if is like LOTR, King Kong and 300 kind of stuff, but when is Van Helsing’s style that’s when it sucks