MGM has been working on an animated adaptation of The Addams Family, and it appears they’ve been chugging ahead into production. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the freak family feature has just landed a director in Conrad Vernon, who is recently responsible for the crude, animated comedy Sausage Party. He also co-directed Shrek 2, Monsters vs Aliens and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Vernon will also produce the movie with Gail Berman under The Jackal Group, with Alex Schwartz.
Younger generations will know The Addams Family from a double dose of successful dark comedy films in the 1990’s starring a young Christina Ricci and a hypnotizing Angelica Houston. The macabre family also spawned several television series adaptations, including the classic run from 1964-1966, a musical run in 1973, an animated series from 1973-1975 and again in the early 1990’s, and a campy, kid-friendly series in the late 90’s. Though the franchise is no stranger to the screen, it actually originated as a series of cartoons drawn by Charles Addams, first appearing in the New Yorker back in the 1930’s.
Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) wrote the new screenplay based on the cartoons, with revisions by Matt Lieberman. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi are executive producing. Tabitha Shick, MGM’s executive director, is overseeing the project.
CG animation work is underway at Cinesite Studios in Vancouver, best known for their effects work on X-Men: Apocalypse and Assassin’s Creed.
No word yet on the actors slated to voice our Addams clan; traditionally including Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, close family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing, and Gomez’s Cousin Itt. But, I think it’s safe to say giving the team on board, we’re setting up for another slam dunk to add to our creepy animated feature collection.