They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether ... being reunited on the big screen courtesy of Tim Burton. Yes, for all of us who thought Burton should have made the Addams Family movies instead of Barry Sonnenfeld, he has been given another chance. This one, according to Deadline New York, will be a 3-D stop-motion film unrelated to those prior two movies or the silly old TV series or the upcoming Broadway adaptation starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. Presumably Burton will direct this after his feature-length stop-motion remake of his own Frankenweenie, which is in pre-production now.
Reportedly, and somewhat obviously, Burton will look only to the wittier original Addams Family cartoons by Charles Addams. Anyone who has seen Burton's drawings, especially those in his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, know how similar they are to the work of Addams (and Edward Gorey). Although, of course, even if you aren't familiar with the filmmaker's artwork (which can currently be seen in an enormously popular exhibit at NYC's Museum of Modern Art), the style of his movies should be enough indication that he's the most perfect person to make a movie about Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Lurch and the rest of the Addams clan.
Despite Burton's ongoing relationship with Disney, The Addams Family is set up at the Universal-based Illumination Entertainment (The Despicable Me) and will be produced by the shingle's head, former Fox Animation exec Christopher Meledandri. The project is currently going out to screenwriters, though Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands; The Nightmare Before Christmas; Corpse Bride) seems the best choice, even if she did also co-script the first Sonnenfeld effort.