They’re creepy and eccentric, mysterious and creepy, and they’re coming to Netflix. Tim Burton is directing a new Addams Family spinoff series on Wednesday Addams, appropriately titled Wednesday.
The streaming service announced the series in February 2021 and revealed the first look at the show’s artwork, which showed a silhouette from Wednesday playing the cello with a large knife instead of a bow.
Few other details have been released about the eight-episode series, but given Burton’s affection for the horror-inspired, goth-tinged aesthetic, he and the Addams should fit the bill perfectly.
The director, who will make his first foray into television with Wednesday, rose to fame in the 1980s with Pee-wee’s great adventure, Beetle juice other bat Man. His next project, 1990’s Eduardo scissorhands, possibly made stars of Johnny depp other Winona ryder (and was memorably parodied by Timothée Chalamet in a 2021 Super Bowl commercial).
Throughout his career, he has repeatedly collaborated with many of the same actors, including Depp, Michael Keaton, Christina Ricci, Michelle pfeiffer and his ex-girlfriend, Helena Bonham Carter. So far, none of those people have been advertised as being involved in WednesdayBut it doesn’t hurt to dream of a Pfeiffer in a wig as the matriarch of the Morticia family.
The Addams family started as a series of individual panels New Yorker cartoons drawn by illustrator Charles Addams, from 1938 until his death in 1988. The first Hollywood adaptation was a half-hour sitcom that ran between 1964 and 1966. It was followed by two animated series in 1973 and 1992, and one live action series titled The new Addams family it ran from 1998 to 2001.
The first big screen adaptation hit theaters in 1991, with a cast that included Ricci as Wednesday, as well as Anjelica huston, Raúl Julia and Christopher Lloyd. The sequel, Addams Family Values, premiered in 1993 and was followed by a direct-to-video reboot in 1998.
Finally, the spooky crew made a comeback once again in the 2019 animated animation. The Addams family, with voice work by Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac other Snoop dogg as cousin Itt. A sequel to that version is due out in November 2021. Oh, and there was also a Broadway musical that premiered in 2010.
All of which is to say that this isn’t the first time someone has tried to bring the Addams back. It’s not even the first time Burton has tried to do it – it was tied to a stop-motion film version that was canceled in 2013.
However, it is the first time that anyone has focused only on Wednesday Addams, which is great news for fans of braided braids and the color black. Keep scrolling to find out everything we know so far Wednesday: