‘Wednesday’ Creators Explain Show’s Relationship to ‘The Addams Family’

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The show was designed to feel like something new rather than reboot or remake.

Netflix recently released the first look for their upcoming series Wednesday, an eight-episode supernatural starring the classic television characters, the Addams Family, with a particular focus on the daughter of the family, Wednesday Addams. The series is being directed by veteran director and filmmaker Tim Burton, and according to the showrunners, Burton’s vision allowed the show to take form as something completely original.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough explained that, in Wednesday’s creation, they didn’t want it to “feel like a remake or a reboot.” Rather, they wanted to make “an eight-hour Tim Burton movie.”

“It’s something that lives within the Venn diagram of what happened before, but it’s its own thing,” Millar explained. “It’s not trying to be the movies or the ’60s TV show. That was very important to us and very important to Tim.”

Apparently, from the very first time he heard the initial pitch, Burton had been very interested in directing the show. “He was interested in where it was going, the mystery of the show,” Gough said. “He had a lot of questions about the previous television work we’d done, like how we were able to achieve it. He really loved that you had time to be with Wednesday and explore the character and you didn’t have to, you know, wrap things up in an hour and 45 minutes.”

Wednesday is slated to release on Netflix sometime later this year.

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