A new Addams Family-inspired series entitled ‘Wednesday’ is being developed by famed director Tim Burton, and Netflix has won the rights to air it when ready. The show will focus on Wednesday Addams, the dark and sinister eldest child in the family that was arguably best brought to life by Christina Ricci in the 1991 film The Addams Family and again in 1993’s Addams Family Values. The new Netflix series received an eight-episode order.
While directed by Burton, Wednesday was written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. “When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday, we were struck,” said Netflix Director of Original Series Teddy Biaselli. “Like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story.”
According to Empire, Wednesday will be a coming-of-age comedy where the title character is a detective. Empire describes the show as a “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at 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 at Nevermore.”