Tim Burton — who was suspected to be involved with the project when rumours first surfaced in October — is now officially on board to direct, marking his television directorial debut. Al Gough and Miles Millar, who created the series, will serve as showrunners and executive producers.
Netflix's director of original series, Teddy Biaselli, said of the new series in a statement: "Whether it was the classic TV series, the brilliant movies, the recent Broadway musical or even their guest appearances on Scooby-Doo — every time The Addams Family was on a screen, I was watching. I loved that at every opportunity the Addams skewered so-called 'normality.' Their entire existence was a middle finger (attached to a disembodied hand) to the status quo. And none was more rebellious, more avant-garde and more iconic than Wednesday Addams."
He added: "The upcoming eight-episode series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday's years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy. Wednesday's 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 of the strange and diverse student body."
So far, no cast members have been officially announced, though early reports suggest that Johnny Depp may step into the role of Gomez Addams.
Tim Burton is bringing Wednesday Addams to Netflix in a live-action coming-of-age series!— Netflix (@netflix) February 17, 2021
Burton will also make his TV directorial debut on the sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery that follows Wednesday as a student at Nevermore Academy pic.twitter.com/8ei3wIUrxq