Pop culture hasn’t been altogether ooky in some time — where are the Addams Family hiding? Could they be creeping back soon, and in what form?
Animated, it sounds like — which is fitting, as they started in the form of Charles Addams’ cartoon drawings. The Addams Family has taken on many forms over the decades, from live-action sitcoms to feature films starring Anjelica Houston to Saturday Morning cartoons. Now, if the project gets off the ground, they could become CGI animated characters as well.
Variety is reporting that director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) is attached to the project, and that he will also be producing with Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. The script has been written by Pamela Pettler with touch-ups by Matt Lieberman, while Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi are serving as executive producers. The film will be released through MGM.
The Addams Family will never truly die, and not just because you can’t kill them. They are a perfect prejudice allegory that fits any era. To anyone looking in on the outside, the Addamses are horrifying. They live in a creepy mansion covered in cobwebs where they play with knives. They associate with monsters and disembodied moving hands. Their kids nearly kill each other on a regular basis. What no one ever notices is that they are one of the most loving, functional families ever created. They just have an extremely off-putting, upside-down means of expressing it.
To do the Addamses right, you need one crucial ingredient, and that’s an antagonist who looks normal on the outside but is actually very mean or selfish and deserving of a takedown — contrasting the family. Addams Family Values understood this and pulled it off perfectly, especially in this scene (you already know what scene this is).
No release window has been set for the new Addams Family movie as of yet.
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