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Netflix and Tim Burton Team Up on ‘Wednesday’ Live-Action Series

The legendary helmer makes his TV directorial debut in coming-of-age comedy based on the iconic ‘The Addams Family’ daughter.

Legendary Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton has just signed on to make his TV directorial debut in Wednesday, a new live-action, coming-of-age comedy series from Netflix and MGM/UA Television.

The eight-episode project, based on the iconic The Addams Family daughter, is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. 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 at Nevermore.

According to Teddy Biaselli, Director, Original Series at Netflix, “When we first heard Al Gough and Miles Millar’s pitch for Wednesday, we were struck, like an arrow from a crossbow, right in our hearts. They nailed the tone, the spirit, and the characters, but gave us a fresh way into this story. We then got the call that visionary director and lifelong Addams Family fan Tim Burton wanted to make his television directorial debut with this series. Tim has had a history of telling empowering stories about social outsiders like Edward Scissorhands, Lydia Deitz, and Batman. And now he brings his unique vision to Wednesday and her spooky classmates at Nevermore Academy.”  

Burton will also executive produce; Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville, Into the Badlands) will showrun as well as executive produce. Andrew Mittman for 1.21 (The Addams Family, Alphas); Kevin Miserocchi (Tee and Charles Addams Foundation); Kayla Alpert (Code Black, Up All Night); Jonathan Glickman for Glickmania (RESPECT, Addams Family 2); and Gail Berman (The Addams Family, Alphas) will also serve as executive producers. Wednesday is being produced by MGM/UA Television.

Source: Netflix

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