75-year-old franchise to get animated reboot…

Three years ago, it emerged that Tim Burton was set to reunite with his ‘Ed Wood’ scribes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski, and Illumination Entertainment for an 3D stop-motion take on celebrated cartoonist Charles Addams’ classic cartoon, ‘The Addams Family.’ Ultimately, the project fell into development hell.

Now Variety is hearing that MGM is close to finalising a deal with BermanBraun’s Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun to produce an animated feature based on the comedically macabre clan.

Originating in single panel cartoons, half of which were published in The New Yorker between 1938 and 1988, The Addamses (Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing) are a satirical inversion of the ideal American family; an eccentric, wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware that people find them bizarre or frightening. The character has since been adapted to other media, including a TV series which ran for two seasons between 1964 and 1966, an animated series, live-action films, and most recently a Broadway musical.

‘Corpse Bride’ and ‘Monster House’ screenwriter Pamela Pettler is on board to provide the screenplay.