Some things are just obvious, like Patrick Stewart playing Professor X or the next Transformers movie being an incomprehensible mess that pushes the envelope of the world “horrible.” And if you’re looking for someone to direct a new darkly comedic Addams Family film, you’re going to immediately think of Tim Burton.
The film will be done in stop-motion and in the style of the original Charles Addams New Yorker Cartoons. Apparently, it’ll also draw the humor more from the original cartoons than other adaptations from the work, but I’m not sure how their going to do that when the first Addams Family movie directly adapted many of the cartoons. (The opening minute of the family dumping boiling oil on carolers is directly from one, right down to the choice of perspective.) There are only so many cartoons to draw from, so Burton’s going to have to add a lot of new stuff if he he doesn’t want to repeat himself.
Besides, this is the guy who added backstories for everyone from Willy Wonka to the Mad Hatter, so expect some sort of story about how the family came together and why Uncle Fester’s so bald.
The Addams family has been seeing a bit of a revival lately with a an exhibit of the original cartoons at the Museum of New York, a new hardcover collection of cartoons out in bookstores and an upcoming Broadway musical with Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth (Lilith from Cheers) as Morticia. But strangely, no one’s putting out that horrible 70′s Saturday Morning cartoon where they drove around the country in an RV. Weird, eh?