When it was first announced that Tim Burton was going to bring some version of The Addams Family to the small screen, it was thought that the series would naturally revolve around the entire creepy clan. While the series is sure to include the entire Addams Family, we now know its main focus will be on Wednesday Addams, daughter of Gomez and Morticia. Here’s what we know so far about the Wednesday series.
A NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The bidding for the new Tim Burton-led Wednesday series was won by Netflix. Not only did Netflix’s Original Series leader Ted Biaselli jump in attempts to get the series but he made sure they weren’t going to lose out to anyone, especially after he heard the Wednesday pitch from Al Gough and Miles Millar.
“When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story,” Biaselli explained via Empire. “We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series. Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz, and Batman. And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy.”
THE WEDNESDAY SERIES’ PLOT
For anyone who has followed The Addams Family in either its TV series, feature films, or animated forms knows the weirdness that encapsulates Wednesday Addams. First and foremost, she is obsessed with death. She tries to learn about death by experimenting relentlessly on her brother Pugsley. For the most part, though, her appearance has been of a young girl. This may change in the upcoming series.
While she still may be young, we may be seeing a more teenage version of her for the Wednesday series. This Wednesday Addams will be going to school at Nevermore Academy. She may also be something of a detective. As Gough and Miller have put it together, the series is described as a sleuthing mystery that follows Wednesday’s time at Nevermore. It will carry many supernatural elements as well as Wednesday’s attempts to hone her emerging psychic abilities.
The story also looks to include Wednesday trying to stop a monstrous killing spree that has taken over the small town surrounding Nevermore. Wednesday’s family comes into play as she also tries to solve a supernatural mystery that included her parents many years ago.
To add to her list of things to do, Wednesday will also have to navigate life in school with her sometimes equally strange classmates.
While Gough and Millar are putting the finishing touches on the Wednesday series scripts, Tim Burton is off trying to find his perfect Wednesday. While a final decision has yet to be made, it is said Burton is down to two choices – Jenna Ortega and Bailee Madison.
Ortega’s resume includes Iron Man 3, Insidious: Chapter 2, and Saving Flora on the feature film front but she has also been involved in numerous TV series. These would include Stuck in the Middle, Jane the Virgin, You, Elena of Avalor, and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
Bailee Madison, on the other hand, has been performing on the big and small screens for over 15 years. Her credits include Bridge to Terabithia, Phoebe in Wonderland, Just Go With It, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and Love & Debt. Madison has also done her fair share of TV work on shows such as Wizards of Waverly Place, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Trophy Wife, and Once Upon a Time.
Any time Tim Burton’s name is mentioned when it comes to making movies, another big, specific, name seems to always follow. So, when the Wednesday series was announced, Johnny Depp’s name immediately came up. Apparently, the embattled actor has been lobbying for the part of Gomez Addams and was actually negotiating with Tim Burton. Netflix, though, looks to be following in Warner Bros. footsteps (they fired him from Fantastic Beasts) by telling Burton he can’t have Depp as Gomez. Tim Burton definitely has some sway, but we aren’t sure if even he has enough to convince Netflix.
Also on the big-name front is Christina Ricci. She portrayed Wednesday Addams in the 1991 feature The Addams Family as well as its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values. Now, the actress is being considered to play the role of Morticia Addams.
A WEDNESDAY ADDAMS HISTORY LESSON
Before there was ever talk of Tim Burton creating a Wednesday series, Charles Addams brought Wednesday Addams and her seriously creepy family to life in 1938. At the time, not one of the family members was given a name. They were barely given any story at all for when they appeared, it was a one-panel comic.
Wednesday got her name when Addams brought the family to their TV series in 1964 when they all received their names. The series ran for three seasons and also led way for various reboots and animated series as well as the aforementioned feature films.
Along with Wednesday’s death obsession and her never-ending experiments on her brother, Wednesday is also very fond of spiders. In the TV series, where she was said to be a six-year-old, she had a pet spider named Homer. She also had a penchant for headless dolls, always carrying around with her Marie Antoinette.
It is not known which, if any, of these personality traits will accompany Wednesday in her adventures at Nevermore but seeing as though they are what make Wednesday tick, some will surely follow.
PREMIERE DATE FOR THE WEDNESDAY SERIES
Netflix has not yet announced a premiere date for the series. Of course, it would be perfect to have the series premiere on Halloween but seeing as that we are a mere five months from the spooky holiday and Burton has yet to cast his show, an October premiere seems a bit ambitious.
As more information is revealed concerning the new Tim Burton Wednesday series, we will be here to pass it along.