The Addams family has taken many forms over the years, from 1960s period TV shows, to big budget movies of the 1990s, to 2009. Broadway musicalsand most recently two unique CG animation features, each changing shape to fit — or, really, deviate from—The standards of the times. In the new Netflix series Wednesdayfocuses on the family’s ominous only daughter, a creepy household bon vivants A closer look at the original design by animator Charles Addams that first appeared on the pages of New Yorkers.
Let’s see Catherine Zeta-Jones like the matriarchal Morticia, Luis Guzman as pater Gomez family, Jenna Ortega like Wednesday of the same name and Isaac Ordonez as the unfortunate brother Pugsly. Tim Burton was an executive producer and directed four of the eight episodes, helping to shape the overall look of the series. Perhaps the weirdest thing about the show coming out this fall is that he didn’t do the Addams Family project sooner.
In his first foray into television, Burton brought along his longtime collaborator (and four-time Oscar winner) Colleen Atwood as a costume designer to give Morticia her signature vampire chic and Gomez his favorite prisoner sequins. Fourth, the person who sees the world in clear black and white, wearing only the same — preferably with a razor-sharp collar. Disgusting Pugsley is the only normal person in the clan, perpetually wearing shorts and horizontal stripes that look like an old TV filmed in dead air.
The program is the brainchild of Smallville creator Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who recruited Burton to bring his deviant sensibilities to his gothic outcast family. “He wanted the silhouette to look like in the Charles Addams cartoon, Gomez, shorter than Morticia, compared to the kind of gentle Raul Julia in the movie,” Gough said.
“He’s also incredibly quirky and romantic, and I think he has all the classic Gomez ingredients we’ve seen before, but he brings something very different as well.” Millar added. “That’s what’s so important to the show – that it’s not like a remake or reboot. It’s something that exists in a Venn diagram of what happened before, but it’s its own thing. It’s not trying to be 60s movies or TV shows. That’s very important to us and very important to Tim. “
Burton, who was not available for the interview, was famous The Addams . family movies from 1991, but pass it on. Gough and Millar are expected to get no when they make their own pleas. “Tim has always been a director’s Everest,” Gough said. To their surprise, Burton called them three days after receiving the script for the first episode.
“He was interested in where it was going and the mystery of the show,” Gough said. “He had a lot of questions about the previous TV work we had done, and how we were able to achieve it. He really loves that you have time to be on the Wednesday and explore the character and you don’t have to pack everything into an hour and 45 minutes.”