“Wednesday” on Netflix: Tim Burton brings the Addams Family back to life

Did you think Halloween was over? Netflix extends the festivities with the release of “Wednesday”, this Wednesday, November 23. Directed by Tim Burton, the series (its first!) will focus on the macabre Addams family and especially on Wednesday, the eldest daughter of Morticia and Gomez.

The last time we saw the Addams was in 1998, in an American film that had not marked the memories… Originally, “the Addams Family” is a comic strip, created by designer Charles Addams and first broadcast in the pages of the “New York Times” from 1938. Following the success of the cartoon, the horrific family is exported everywhere: television series, video games, musicals, animated series and films… The best known of the adaptations is of course the film “The Addams Family”, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld in 1991, with Cristina Ricci, still a child, who plays Wednesday.

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The Addams tale with Burton sauce

In the new project led by Tim Burton, Wednesday has grown up and is entering the troubled period of adolescence. After being expelled from eight schools in five years, his parents decide to send him to Nevermore, a high school like no other, where Morticia and Gomez met. As Wednesday, former Disney Channel child star Jenna Ortega. The cast also includes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman in the roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams, as well as Gwendoline Christie (the impressive Brienne of Torth in “Game of Thrones”). To top it off, Cristina Ricci returns to the cast, this time in the mysterious role of Marilyn Thornhill.

The new Netflix production will focus on Wednesday’s life in Nevermore, between mysteries and murders, in a gothic aesthetic that Tim Burton has the secret to. Because who else than the father of “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice” to capture the story of this family as comic as it is gloomy? Last October, the director, celebrated at the Lumière festival in Lyon and awarded the Lumière prize, spoke to us about his love for the character of Wednesday, with whom he identifies:

“I find myself in his vision of things. Sure, it’s a cartoon world, a cartoon world, but there’s a truth about Wednesday that connects it to us. »Tim Burton: “No matter how old we get, the feelings that shaped us never leave us”

Tim Burton likes nothing so much as morbid stories sprinkled with a (heavy) dose of fantasy. He had Johnny Depp’s heads cut off in song in “Sweeney Todd: the diabolical barber of Fleet Street” in 2007. He resuscitated thousand-year-old vampires (including Johnny Depp, again) in “Dark Shadows” in 2012…

After partnering with Disney on 2010’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and 2019’s ‘Dumbo’, adapting The Addams Family seems like a logical next step for anyone obsessed with pale-faced, dark-haired, cartoonish actors. with big eyes. Like Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, will Jenna Ortega now be part of the director’s pantheon of favorite actors?

“Wednesday” on Netflix: Tim Burton brings the Addams Family back to life