If you’ve been waiting and hoping that one day Tim Burton might actually try directing something slightly outside of his usual area of expertise, this next announcement probably won’t get you excited. But the way I see it, Burton is the kind of guy who works best when he’s following his instincts, and as long as he’s working on something that he really connects with, it shines through in his work. Deadline New York is reporting that Burton’s next film will be a 3-D stop-motion animated adaptation of The Addams Family. It’s the kind of thing that would seem almost too obvious for Burton, except that it won’t be based on the 1960s TV series, but rather the original cartoons that appeared in The New Yorker magazine starting in 1938.
I didn’t even realize that the TV show was based on something that came previously, so this could definitely make for an interesting alternate take on the characters (although maybe a little confusing for some). Unfortunately, Burton’s last stop-motion animated film Corpse Bride ended up being pretty middle-of-the-road (possibly because it did not involve Henry Selick), so I’m not expecting much. The fact that it’s in 3-D is obvious and mandatory at this point, and yes, it will probably be another family-friendly film that lacks any real edge, but it is set up at Universal not Disney. Does this sound cool to you or would you prefer to see Burton concentrate his efforts on something else instead? Burton is also busy prepping another feature-length stop-motion feature based on his Frankenweenie short film.