MGM’s animated feature length version of The Addams Family has got a new director, in the form of Sausage Party’s Conrad Vernon.
The Addams Family began as a popular New Yorker comic strip, illustrated by Charles Addams. This success led to The Addams Family television show that ran from 1964 to 1966, and an animated series in the early 1970s. This in turn led to the most famous of the series, with the ‘90s movies starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christina Ricci – which spawned The Addams Family musical that began in 2009.
The series is known for putting a morbid and satirical spin on the ideal American family, and the upcoming animation will feature the usual characters, including parents Gomez and Morticia, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, and Grandmama – plus butler, Lurch, Undle Fester, Cousin Itt and Thing.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Conrad Vernon has been signed to direct The Addams Family animated movie, as well as taking on the role of producer alongside Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. Corpse Bride and Monster House’s Pamela Pettler has written the script based on the cartoons which were revised by Matt Lieberman. The movie began development in 2013, however rumours began in 2010, when it was suggested that Tim Burton was to create a stop motion movie.
Many were excited at the prospect of Burton’s involvement, as his style seemed to fit the project perfectly – however, unfortunately Burton pulled out and development was stalled.
Vernon also appears to be a good choice for the film as well, as he is an animation veteran, was has co-directed films like Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted – and his latest film Sausage Party was a surprise hit, grossing more than $140 million worldwide.