The Addams Family has taken many forms over the years.
Originating in the 1960s as a television show and gradually moving to the big screen to reach a Broadway musical, the eccentric Gothic family has been personified by various actors, and the marathon of incarnations is not over.
Another family revival is coming with the Netflix series Wednesday from director Tim Burton, whose script is known only to focus on the daughter with a hobby of torturing her inhuman brother.
And while details surrounding the script are still scarce, the streaming platform has released the first photos of the new Addams, which show that the new series for them will be closer to the original design of the black and white cartoons by Charles Adams.
Catherine Zeta-Jones takes on the role of the mind-blowing Morticia, Luis Guzman will be the ever cheerful Gomez, Isaac Ordonez will be the destructive Pugsley, and the sinister teenager Wednesday will be played by Jenna Ortega.
so excited to have Nuyorican icon Luis Guzmán in the @wednesdayaddams cast as Gomez
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In addition to directing four of the eight episodes, Tim Burton is joining the series as an executive producer, helping shape the full look of the series, which is set to debut at the end of the year.
For costume design, Burton worked with Colleen Atwood, who brought Morticia Adams’ signature vampire chic and Gomez’s fantastic prison stripes.
The idea for the show came from Miles Miller and Alfred Gough, the creators of “Smallville”, who insisted that only Tim Burton could bring viewers back to the roots of the Addams family with his creative vision.
“He knows how to bring us back to the silhouette of the Charles Adams cartoon series. He’s incredibly bold and has a romantic perspective that can bring something different,” Miller told Vanity Fair.
From the first published teaser for the series, and from the photos, it is understood that the new in the series will be the age of the main character Wednesday. For the first time, we will see her not as the sullen little girl, but as a teenager.
The synopsis for the upcoming episodes clarifies that the action will take place in a small town where Wednesday is sent to study and where a series of mysterious murders take place.
“She will be bigger and more independent, stepping out of her mother Morticia’s shadow,” adds Alfred Gough.
Say hello to Netflix’s Addams Family
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenna Ortega, Luis Guzmán, and Isaac Ordonez star in Wednesday, the new series from Tim Burton. pic.twitter.com/OJIKVxJlbg
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However, for the moment, it is noticeable that one of the key characters – Uncle Fester is missing from both the published images and the short teaser, and the producers refuse to reveal whether he will be included in the story.
“Watch the show and you’ll find out,” say Miller and Goff.