Tim Burton making a new, stop-motion Addams Family film
The details are thin on the ground right now, but Deadline has gotten the scoop on Tim Burton’s next film, which will be a 3D, stop-motion film based on the original Addams Family sketches. The film’s producer, Chris Meledandri, has acquired the rights to the original drawings, which originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine. According to the website, the new film will have no relation to any of the past versions outside of the sketches, which includes all of the various TV series, the 90s films and the recent Broadway musical.
I’m both curious and disappointed about this at the same time. On the one hand, its great that The Addams Family is getting another revival and it could open up a new generation to the whole timespan of Addams Family shows. Given the stop-motion nature, we can only hope that Burton gets Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) invovled as that unique approach would certainly lend itself well to the original Addams Family sketches. On the other hand, for Burton to work on such a macabre franchise is not surprising in the slightest. There’s also the fact that Burton’s last stop-motion entry, Corpse Bride, was a complete borefest (my Dad actually fell asleep when we saw it), so that doesn’t bare well for this. It seems that for all of Burton’s “dark” vision, he just doesn’t have anything original these days. Both this, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are all existing works and Burton’s set design has become such a cliché that anything normal looking would be considered original for him. Finally, you all owe me $1 if Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are cast as Gomez and Morticia respectively and Danny Elfman does the film score. I’ll need to see an actual trailer at least before I can make a proper judgement though. As for Bison, it was just Tuesday.
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