The Addams Family animated film lands Sausage Party director

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Mar 26, 2021, 7:00 AM EDT (Updated)

There has been an Addams Family for every generation, and it seems the time has come for this generation to get creepy and kooky.

Conrad Vernon, co-director of Sausage Party, has signed on to helm MGM's upcoming The Addams Family animated feature. Pamela Pettler, whose resume includes other creepy animations like Corpse Bride and Monster House, wrote the script based on the cartoons, with revisions by Matt Lieberman (whose credits include the upcoming Scooby and The Jetsons films).

Created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family started as single-panel cartoons that mostly appeared in The New Yorker. None of the characters had names; those came about in 1964, when the characters were fleshed out for their short-lived TV series. Gomez and Morticia were parents to Wednesday and Pugsley; they also lived with butler Lurch, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Cousin Itt, and Thing, a disembodied hand. The series took great joy in offering a satirical, slightly macabre look at the modern family. The series aired during the same years as the similarly-themed The Munsters.

Throughout the 1970s, The Addams Family returned to TV for several specials, reunions, and animated shows. But the family made its biggest comeback in 1991 with the live-action feature film starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christina Ricci. The film was a success, and led to a theatrical sequel, a direct-to-video sequel, and a new live-action TV series.

There is no release date yet on the new Addams Family CG animated film.

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(via Hollywood Reporter)