The film will be based on the original cartoons by Charles Addams, which appeared in The New Yorker from 1938 to 1988. It’ll have absolutely nothing to do with the 1960s TV series or the 1990s films, or anything other than the original character drawings by Addams. The rights to the illustrations were acquired by Illumination Entertainment and producer Chris Meledandri (Ice Age, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!); Illumination being the team behind this July’s Despicable Me. They have a reasonably long line of animated films in development, including adaptations of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and Ricky Gervais’s Flanimals.
Burton hasn’t done much to interest me recently. His style is becoming samey – and projects like this and Alice are just too inevitable for him. I loved the unique character designs and music in The Nightmare Before Christmas, but this feels like it might sway more towards the incredibly disappointing Corpse Bride.