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Tim Burton to make TV directorial debut helming Netflix’s live-action, spin-off series Wednesday

‘This is a sleuthing, supernaturally-infused mystery’: Netflix announces Wednesday Addams live-action spin-off series brought to life by Tim Burton in his TV directorial debut

Netflix are set to release a Wednesday Addams live-action show, directed by Tim Burton in his TV directorial debut for an entire series. 

The Addams Family spin-off will be an eight-episode coming-of-age comedy series about Morticia and Gomez’s eerie offspring Wednesday, who has previously been depicted by Christina Ricci and most recently voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz.

The show, called Wednesday, centres around the Nevermore Academy student – who masters her psychic powers and ‘solves a supernatural mystery which embroiled her parents 25 years ago’ – according to Deadline.

Who should they cast? Netflix are set to release a Wednesday Addams live-action show, directed by Tim Burton in his TV directorial debut for an entire series

Netflix honcho Teddy Biaselli spoke of writers Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch in a statement, saying: ‘When we first heard the pitch for Wednesday we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts.

‘They nailed the tone, spirit and characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story…

‘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 statement listed the plot as: ‘The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy… 

New gig! Two-time Oscar nominee Tim Burton will make his TV directorial debut helming Netflix's live-action, eight-episode coming-of-age comedy series Wednesday (pictured in 2019)

New gig! Two-time Oscar nominee Tim Burton will make his TV directorial debut helming Netflix’s live-action, eight-episode coming-of-age comedy series Wednesday (pictured in 2019)

‘Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago… 

‘All while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.’

The iconic story of The Addams Family was originally created by American cartoonist Charles Addams back in 1938.

The role of the deadpan, death-obsessed seven-year-old – most memorably Christina Ricci in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) – has been taken on by 12 actresses. 

'It's getting dark in this little heart of mine': 12 actresses have taken on the part of the deadpan, death-obsessed seven-year-old - most memorably Christina Ricci in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993)

‘It’s getting dark in this little heart of mine’: 12 actresses have taken on the part of the deadpan, death-obsessed seven-year-old – most memorably Christina Ricci in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) 

Hitting US theaters this Halloween! Chloë Grace Moretz is the most recent to voice Wednesday in Universal Pictures' 2019 animated movie The Addams Family and its upcoming sequel

Hitting US theaters this Halloween! Chloë Grace Moretz is the most recent to voice Wednesday in Universal Pictures’ 2019 animated movie The Addams Family and its upcoming sequel

Chloë is the most recent to voice Wednesday in Universal Pictures’ 2019 animated movie The Addams Family and its upcoming sequel, which hits US theaters this Halloween.

Tim famously scored a Daytime Emmy Award for creating the animated spin-off Beetlejuice, loosely based on his 1988 comedy, which aired four seasons spanning 1989-1991 on ABC and later Fox.

The 62-year-old goth fairytale filmmaker has previously directed five remakes of other movies, most recently a live-action/CG version of Disney’s Dumbo in 2019.

Say it three times: Burton famously scored a Daytime Emmy Award for creating the animated spin-off Beetlejuice, loosely based on his 1988 comedy, which aired four seasons spanning 1989-1991 on ABC and later Fox

Say it three times: Burton famously scored a Daytime Emmy Award for creating the animated spin-off Beetlejuice, loosely based on his 1988 comedy, which aired four seasons spanning 1989-1991 on ABC and later Fox 

Déjà vu: The 62-year-old goth fairytale filmmaker has previously directed five remakes of other movies, most recently a live-action/CG version of Disney's Dumbo in 2019

Déjà vu: The 62-year-old goth fairytale filmmaker has previously directed five remakes of other movies, most recently a live-action/CG version of Disney’s Dumbo in 2019

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