Netflix announced Wednesday that it will work with Tim Burton on his television directorial debut. with ‘Wednesday’, a series about the sinister and cunning daughter of The Addams family.
The digital giant detailed in a statement that Burton, who will be director and executive producer, will be accompanied in this project by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who were most responsible for Superman’s adventures in ‘Smallville’ (2001-2011).
The first information about this series inspired by ‘The Addams family’ was known last October, but at that time there was still no digital platform or television network behind the project. Even then it seemed that this series would be the ideal excuse for Burton to enter television in a big way since the chilling but very funny Addams family fits perfectly into this director’s unique, imaginative, somber and highly recognizable style.
In Burton’s career, films such as ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988), ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), ‘Ed Wood’ (1994), ‘Big Fish’ (2003) or ‘Corpse Bride’ (2005) stand out. His last work to date for the big screen was the remake of ‘Dumbo’ (2019), a Disney film that passed without much glory with weak reviews and a gross of 353 million dollars (on a budget of 170 million ).
What filmmaker on the small screen, Burton has only had very sporadic appearances as, for example, an episode in 1986 of ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ or the television tape ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (1983).
This new series on the Addams family could benefit, indirectly, from the good reception of the animated film ‘The Addams Family’ (2019), which recovered the gothic saga for children with Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan as directors and with the voices of Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz and Óscar Isaac in its original version. This film scored 203 million dollars from a budget of 24 million and already has a sequel underway that, if the pandemic does not prevent it, will hit theaters in October 2021 to take advantage of the Halloween pull.