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Tim Burton Making The Addams Family?
Could be his next 3D stop-motion 'toon

18 March 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Tim Burton and The Addams Family? If it sounds like a kookily perfect match made in a spooky old mansion to you, then prepare to celebrate as Deadline Hollywood reports Burton will make a 3D stop-motion movie based on Charles Addams’ famous creations.

While you may share our mixed feelings about Burton continuing to stick with adaptations of other peoples’ work rather than pursuing his own visions, the idea that he’ll dig into the sharp wit of Addams’ Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and the rest sounds like a solid idea. Plus, with the focus on the original cartoons rather than the campier TV show or the Barry Sonnenfeld movies (though we still have a soft spot for the first film), it should be a dark little delight.

There’s no writer attached yet, so this one is a while from starting, and chances are he’ll knock out at least one live-action film (Dark Shadows, finally?) before the doors to the Addams’ home swing open and we’re met by Lurch the towering, groaning manservant.

So now all we need to know is, will Burton strike out in a completely new direction for the lead voices, or will he hire Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter?

The campaign to have Batmanuel/Gotham City Mayor Nestor Carbonell voice Gomez starts here!


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RE: Tim Burton Making The Addams Family?
So it looks like Burton's Addams Family clearly isn't happening, considering the age of this thread and that he's now bringing out Dark Shadows which by the looks of it is just a third rate Addams Family knock-off with Johnny Depp as Fester. The truth is Burton has just become a pastiche of himself, churning out the same old identikit, kooky, goth-lite waffle. More

Posted by Spaldron at 16:20 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
and Dez gave a big yawn and settled down to sleep...... More

Posted by Discodez at 11:08 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Tim Burton Making The Addams Family?
Bloody shame what this guy's career has devolved into. It's so easy to dismiss him as a hack who's latched himself on to a marketable aesthetic, and yet he is someone responsible for some of my all time favorite movies. Sad to see it come to this. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:08 on 07 April 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Sphinx It's only nineteen years old - they'll be remaking lotr at this rate!! ell, its not really a remake of the previous movies, its just based on the same source material. If the look of it replicates the original cartoons, and someone else is writing it, it might not be just Burton's usual thing. I just hope they don't think they have to put song and dance numbers in it just because its animated. More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 19:15 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

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I WANT THIS TO HAPPEN NOOOOOOW!!!! More

Posted by Phubbs at 03:38 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

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h.Was very highly praised upon release, with comparisons to Ed Wood. Its also based upon an original idea from Burton. 76% RT. robably nobody will see this at this stage but nobody's pointed it out. Big Fish is not based upon an original idea from Burton its based on the Novel "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace More

Posted by Evil_Bob at 02:53 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

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Give it to the team behind the Fantastic Mr Fox(the whole team!) and i'd be interested. Stop motion and 3D,maybe with these guys. Tim Burton no. He is spent and devoid of ideas(sorry Edward!). More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 00:48 on 27 May 2010 | Report This Post

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It's only nineteen years old - they'll be remaking lotr at this rate!! More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:33 on 26 May 2010 | Report This Post

Blah, blah, blah!
"We finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! Damn you. God damn you all to hell." Joined to just post that Didn't like Alice in Wonderland, or Corpse Bride. Each to their own. Hope this "re-imagining" of the Addams Family doesn't star either Depp or Carter. Oh noes, it probably will. L: Evil_Bob You mean Tim Burton didn't create The Addams Family? I thought it was based on his childhood memoirs or something. roflmao More

Posted by Stingerblue at 20:13 on 26 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Cara Mia...
L: Drone L: Edward Nygma You're not, I too look forward to a stop motion Addams Family version o be fair with Burton, yes he's adapting well-known stories but he's doing it in ways that have never been done before. Unlike most remakes etc out there he's actually adding something new to very familiar ideas. Like what?  Let me guess, twisted gothicky imagery, a skewed slant on well loved characters... Tim Burton has become a cliche of himself.  We can guess what it'll be like b More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 13:49 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Cara Mia...
L: Edward Nygma You're not, I too look forward to a stop motion Addams Family version o be fair with Burton, yes he's adapting well-known stories but he's doing it in ways that have never been done before. Unlike most remakes etc out there he's actually adding something new to very familiar ideas. Like what?  Let me guess, twisted gothicky imagery, a skewed slant on well loved characters... Tim Burton has become a cliche of himself.  We can guess what it'll be like befo More

Posted by Drone at 12:34 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
*throws rotten apples at his face* More

Posted by Deviation at 17:52 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
(I thought Burton's of The Apes) More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 17:46 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
Mars Attacks! is great you fool.  More

Posted by Deviation at 17:15 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
L: The Hooded Man Burton is obviously so scarred by of the Apese's never leaving his comfort zone again. sp; rial]PLANET OF THE APES and MARS ATTACKS! - solid evidence that the guy can't do science fiction.r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 14:54 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Cara Mia...
Addams Family two is a really good film, it's dark and hilarious and has several great performances. More

Posted by TheSpleen at 13:41 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Cara Mia...
I think it's such an obvious move from Burton, which is why people are so indifferent about it. I actually really like the Sonnenfeld films, but I think Burton could probably make something closer to the original Charles Addams cartoons, especially in stop motion. Then again,e and the Chocolate Factoryoser to the source than the Gene Wilder film, and it was really dull. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 13:31 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

Cara Mia...
L: juanvasquez Guess I'm alone in actually wanting this to happen then! ote] You're not, I too look forward to a stop motion Addams Family version o be fair with Burton, yes he's adapting well-known stories but he's doing it in ways that have never been done before. Unlike most remakes etc out there he's actually adding something new to very familiar ideas. Planet of the Apes, putting aside the fact it wasn't very good, was at least completely different to the original, not j More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 11:53 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: adambatman82 L: Deviation But weren't the 90s films something Burton himself would have directed? don't know, to me they were always second rate Burton rip-offs. I always felt the same about Men in Black, which felt like Burton-lite too. Indeed. Like Mars Attacks - but less fun and satirical. I guess that's why I get so frustraited with Burton, as given he has a track record including the likes of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Batman Returns etc - he r More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 01:48 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Deviation But weren't the 90s films something Burton himself would have directed? don't know, to me they were always second rate Burton rip-offs. I always felt the same about Men in Black, which felt like Burton-lite too. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 00:55 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

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But weren't the 90s films something Burton himself would have directed? More

Posted by Deviation at 00:34 on 21 March 2010 | Report This Post

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Guess I'm alone in actually wanting this to happen then! More

Posted by juanvasquez at 19:48 on 20 March 2010 | Report This Post

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And to be fair I forgot about the Corpse Bride and had my mind cast back to Planet Of The Apes instead, which I'm sure we can agree on is a stinker. More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 23:47 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

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I liked Big Fish. Hated Corpse Bride, and nearly slept through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.... More

Posted by DazDaMan at 23:44 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: adambatman82 L: Qwerty Norris L: The Disciple Why are people always moaning that Tim Burton only ever makes adaptations and remakes? After Killer's Kiss, every single one of Stanley Kubrick's movies was based on a book, and any director who hasn't written their own screenplay is basically adapting someone else's work... Yes but none of Kubrick's films ever had a film or television series to compare it to, whilst Burton's last four or five films have - all of which h More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 23:38 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

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L: FritzlFan Because they're got a decent amount of acclaim from critics, they ] be above average?? f course not, but when someone is claiming that his last five films have been average to poor it only seems fair to counter that with the nearest thing the internet has to an informed/consensus opinion. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 22:50 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

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Because they're got a decent amount of acclaim from critics, they ] be above average?? More

Posted by FritzlFan at 22:29 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Qwerty Norris L: The Disciple Why are people always moaning that Tim Burton only ever makes adaptations and remakes? After Killer's Kiss, every single one of Stanley Kubrick's movies was based on a book, and any director who hasn't written their own screenplay is basically adapting someone else's work... Yes but none of Kubrick's films ever had a film or television series to compare it to, whilst Burton's last four or five films have - all of which have been average to po More

Posted by adambatman82 at 22:24 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

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Fuck off. Raul Julia was PERFECT as Gomez. Depp isn't fit to wipe his arse. More

Posted by DazDaMan at 22:12 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

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I cant weight to hear more news on this subject,i think burton will make a good re make of the addams family,i just hope he films it the same way he filmed nighmare before x mas and corpse bride that would be cool his movies are always sooooooooo different even when its a re make,the artical alos said the movie would be in 3D, i saw alice in wonderland in 3D it was soooo cool. if all you have to say is negitive stuff about tim burton then dont post hear. More

Posted by hpmoviefan777 at 20:32 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

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L: The Disciple Why are people always moaning that Tim Burton only ever makes adaptations and remakes? After Killer's Kiss, every single one of Stanley Kubrick's movies was based on a book, and any director who hasn't written their own screenplay is basically adapting someone else's work... Yes but none of Kubrick's films ever had a film or television series to compare it to, whilst Burton's last four or five films have - all of which have been average to poor. The man has clearly More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 20:28 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

Why are people always moaning that Tim Burton only ever makes adaptations and remakes? After Killer's Kiss, every single one of Stanley Kubrick's movies was based on a book, and any director who hasn't written their own screenplay is basically adapting someone else's work... More

Posted by The Disciple at 18:59 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
Guess he's out of ideas again, Frankenweenie is an idea he had from the 80's and if he's going there i can't see it doing him any favours. Never thought i'd say this but after reading other people's frustrations does Burton have a shelf life? More

Posted by TheSpleen at 17:47 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
Burton is obviously so scarred by Planet of the Apes that he's never leaving his comfort zone again. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 17:30 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Burton's own visions
Why the need for all the remakes??? I mean come on...Maleficent, The Addams Family, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes.....all been done before, a couple of them more than once. The man clearly needs to take a time-out, rethink whether all this 3D nonsense is really worth it and write some new stories...bring back the days of Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Batman Returns! More

Posted by snazzy_sophie at 17:11 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

Burton's own visions
I think it's unfair to say that Burton doesnt persue his own visions as he's currently working on Frankenweenie and he always gives re-makes his own touch, his own vision of the adaptation. More

Posted by hannahsev at 16:14 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

hmm.
I'm a huge Burton fan, but to be honest, Alice in Wonderland was such a let down. If he goes ahead with The Addam's Family, lets hope it's a second chance to regain credit. Fingers crossed. More

Posted by StephanieDay92 at 10:50 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

Fingers Crossed!
Alice in Wonderland wasn't that good. I just have my fingers crossed that he will get this right and stop ruining my childhood memories! More

Posted by Nicola Brierley at 09:10 on 19 March 2010 | Report This Post

Let me guess....
Depp as Gomez, Bonham Carter as Morticia, Mia Whoseewehatsit as Wednesday, Jonah Hill as Pugsley, Robin Williams as Cousin It( come on! he's the hairiest bastard on earth!) and Ray Park on stilts as Lurch (just to re-rub in that whole Phantom Menace no talk thing). Casting solved, Burton. Now, am I going to have to confiscate all of your literature and dvd collection and TV before you write an ORIGINAL script again???!! Surely, you have enough power now to do whatever the hell you want. Do you r More

Posted by darkraven28 at 22:38 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

burton schmurton
i always thought the concept and movies themselves were very burton-esque. and i liked both the barry sonenfeld ones, but i pretty much agree with most of what's being said here. he has his style, and that's fine and everything but he appears to be getting very bloody lazy. just finding burton lite things that he can apply his 'look' to. shit off yeah tim. shit right off! More

Posted by staypuft2 at 21:55 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

I just wish the 1991 Barry Sonnenfeld Addams movie would get a Region 2 DVD release. Why the hell has it never come out here? More

Posted by D.J at 19:52 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Let the Yawning Commence.
Gosh, Tim Burton, so called super imagination why won't you use it?!! More

Posted by FilmGirl27 at 19:39 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Where have all the original ideas gone?
The majority of the movie news reports today are about filmmakers making movies either based on a TV series (the Smurfs and Adams Family), a remake of an older film (The Thing), a new franchise very similar to pre-existing ones (Nick Stone, The Last Vampire), movies based on books (The Hobbit) and needless additions to the Star Wars franchise. Even though I'm really looking forward to The Hobbit, I'm concerned (as is, I believe, everyone else) that people are not being bold enough and making ori More

Posted by stewart4 at 18:39 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: boooooooring!!!!!!
Groooooan. Depp as Gomez i forgot he has to be in it. Sigh. More

Posted by TheSpleen at 18:36 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: boooooooring!!!!!!
I love everything about The Addams Family, I'm even making a trip to the US this year to see the musical, I cannot see this going well, I don't want Carter voicing Morticia, I don't want Depp voicing Gomez and I certainly don't want Burton anywhere near it. More

Posted by odddaze at 18:31 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: boooooooring!!!!!!
L: Evil_Bob You mean Tim Burton didn't create The Addams Family? I thought it was based on his childhood memoirs or something. :D] More

Posted by TheSpleen at 18:28 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: boooooooring!!!!!!
L: Evil_Bob You mean Tim Burton didn't create The Addams Family? ht it was based on his childhood memoirs or something. ote]   #000066]nah, he just. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 18:25 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: boooooooring!!!!!!
You mean Tim Burton didn't create The Addams Family? I thought it was based on his childhood memoirs or something. More

Posted by Evil_Bob at 18:24 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: boooooooring!!!!!!
Shame. I've tried to ignore it 'cus i like Burton but SAME OLD SHIT! More

Posted by TheSpleen at 18:20 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

boooooooring!!!!!!
one-trick pony burton, why dont u and your wife just FUCK OFF and let some decent VERSATILE filmakers make some movies!! More

Posted by starkiller at 18:16 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

After the disapointing 'Alice in Wonderland', I'm a wee bit tentative about this one. If he makes it really really dark (as I thought Alice was going to be) it could be good, but it could end up being another "Oho!" for Burton. He really needs to return to his oldies (Batman, Beetlejuice etc.) More

Posted by JimBill93 at 18:04 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

yaaaawwwwnn.....
Another Goth-WankFest by Mr. Burton eh? Gee-Whiz. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 17:18 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

the first film is nowhere near as good as it should have been.
the second, on the other hand, is a classic. empire = clueless More

Posted by paulantrobus at 17:16 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

Just the first film?
Idiots. More

Posted by Hanna at 17:00 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

You have a soft spot just for the first of Sonnenfeld's Addams movies? Shame on you! I shall forever carry the spirit of Camp Chippewa in my bowels! More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 16:43 on 18 March 2010 | Report This Post

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