MGM Developing Animated 'Addams Family' Film Without Tim Burton
It's been three years since we heard anything about Tim Burton's stop-motion animated 3D adaptation of Charles Addams' original New Yorker cartoon creations of The Addams Family. The film was said to be completely different from the TV series and film adaptations of the original illustrations which were only inspired by Addams' work, and didn't fully embody the quirky, gothic family. However, the project set up at Illumination Entertainment is dead, and now Variety reports MGM is working with BermanBraun’s Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun to produce their own animated film, and Tim Burton is not involved. More below!
However, Burton's Corpse Bride screenwriter Pamela Pettler, who also wrote Monster House and 9, will write the script. It's not clear if the project will take the same direction that Burton was hoping to go, but we're hoping it's different from the classic ABC sitcom and film adaptation which even sparked the sequel The Addams Family Values. The films were entertaining and funny, but not nearly as dark or dry as the cartoons that inspired them. Knowing what Pettler did on the page with her previous screenplays, we think she can offer a unique take on this familiar, creepy, cooky family. Thoughts?