‘Ed Wood’ Writers Scribing Burton’s ‘Addams Family’

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The creepy and kooky clan known as The Addams Family will grace the big screen once again, in a stop-motion movie that will be produced by Tim Burton.

Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penned the script for Burton’s biopic about infamous filmmaker Ed Wood and will reunite with Burton once more for The Addams Family, which is being financed by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures (the duo responsible for this summer’s hit Despicable Me).

The Addams Family was originally created by cartoonist Charles Adams, who portrayed them in a series of one-panel comics for The New Yorker.  The characters eventually became the stars of their own TV show during the 1960s; two theatrically-released feature films in the early 1990s; and even their own Broadway musical a few years later.

Burton was previously rumored as a possible director for this new incarnation of the Addams Family – a natural fit, given his dark tendencies and preference for stop-motion animation.  However, considering that Burton is already set to direct Monsterpocalypse and Dark Shadows after he has completed work on his feature-length version of Frankenweenie, the possibility of him doing Addams Family is highly unlikely.

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Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black 3) was responsible for the first two Addams Family movies, which were darkly comedic ventures that successfully appealed to mainstream moviegoers.  Burton’s Ed Wood remains his least successful film at the box office, but was a critical hit back in 1994 and received much praise for its appropriately warped portrayal of the titular character’s strange life.

This new Addams Family movie will likely strike a tone somewhere between that of those three films – twisted and ghoulish in design, but probably a bit more kid friendly than Sonnenfeld’s movies.  Whether that translates into more tickets being sold remains to be seen.

We will keep you updated on the development of The Addams Family movie as more information comes our way.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Perhaps Burton can get Henry Selick to direct this one too. Because Selick also directed Nightmare Before Christmas with Burton only producing that one as well with Denise Di Novi. I think that no matter who they get to direct (Selick hint hint) this will be a very entertaining film, because stop-motion is an awsome form of animation to use!

  2. Also fingers crossed that the score is composed by Danny Elfman to boot!

  3. Tim Burton’s gotten boring.

    • I disagree…

      I liked Ed Wood. Tim Burton seems like the perfect director for the Addams Family. If so we can already say that Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter will be Mr. and Mrs. Addams. But who else would be in it…? I wonder…

      All I know is that after watching Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton has NOT NOT NOT become boring.

    • OK fair enough, he’s been pigeon holed into these types of movies and through a process of acclimatization his imagination hasn’t grown as broad as perhaps it should. However he still carries a lot of cache in this genre, and perhaps producing this would be the best way for it to get made in a decent timeline. The real task is to find someone that really loves the material, but can bring something fresh to the story. Of course they’re reaching for broad audience appeal, so it’s a tightrope they walk…

  4. I wouldn’t say Burton is boring yet, his movies are still enjoyable.
    But he IS becoming increasingly predictable: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1929453

    Can we please have someone else than Depp and Bonham-carter in the lead roles? Perhaps not even having them in the movie at all?

    Also; regardless of who will make this, can it not be “gritty” please?