There is arguably no greater style icon for goths than Wednesday Addams. Though a precocious-if-murderous tyke on the original Addams Family TV show, Wednesday’s portrayal by Christina Ricci in the property’s early ’90s films turned the character into the merciless, deadpan, death-worshipping character that spooky kids have come to adore. So goths should get ready to hold onto their veils, because it’s been announced that Netflix has a live-action series about Wednesday in the works — and it’s being directed by none other than Tim Burton.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Netflix have ordered eight episodes of a live-action series surrounding the Addams Family’s only daughter. Tim Burton’s take on this “spooky coming-of-age story” will be “a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy,” and will focus on “Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships.” Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (known for their work on Smallville) are writing and showrunning.
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Other than Ricci, the character of Wednesday Addams was most recently voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz in the 2019 animated Addams Family movie. She was also portrayed by Melissa Hunter in the webseries Adult Wednesday, about Addams’ adventures into the various realms of adulting (finding an apartment, having a one-night stand, etc).
While we know very little about the show other than that it exists, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t pretty stoked about it. The big question is, will the other Addams Family characters be present? Will Wednesday be constantly attempting to murder her little brother, as fans have grown accustomed to?
More as it unfolds, but in the meantime, learn how to do pigtails before Halloween.
Words by Chris Krovatin