From the classic Addams Family comes a Netflix spinoff series for the eponymous Wednesday, from the creators of Smallville, Miles Millar and Alfred Gough with the goal of making the show "an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”
Netflix's Wednesday will be the very first project to be directed by Tim Burton that wouldn't be a film and seeing him take on a new path in directing with a classic character in the same genre he used to belong to seems like having a match made in heaven.
In a talk with Vanity Fair, Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, creators of the spinoff series of the Addams Family, shared how they dreamed high when they sent a script for the pilot to Tim Burton but they didn't expect a positive answer saying, “Tim was always the Mount Everest of directors.”
Much to Gough and Millar's surprise, Burton called them back after three days from receipt of the pilot's script, Gough said, “He was interested in where it was going, the mystery of the show. He had a lot of questions about the previous television work we’d done, like how we were able to achieve it."
Gough added that Burton liked the idea of not being boxed with a limited amount of time like in movies, "He really loved that you had time to be with Wednesday and explore the character and you didn’t have to, you know, wrap things up in an hour and 45 minutes.”
Millar further explained their goal for Wednesday, “The ambition of the show was to make it an eight-hour Tim Burton movie."
Netflix's Wednesday will follow the titular member of the Addams Family as she transfers into Nevermore Academy, a prestigious boarding school for those who don't fit in with the others, after being expelled from her previous school.
In the small town, Wednesday would how to learn to be independent, make friends, and investigate a series of murders happening to the place where she just transferred into.
Jenna Ortega plays the titular role of Wednesday Addams and she will be joined by a star-studded cast with Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Luis Guzmán as Gomez, and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley. It is still unknown where Uncle Fester is.
Wednesday is expected to debut later this year on Netflix.