‘Addams Family’ animated movie in the works at MGM

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‘Addams Family’ animated movie in the works at MGM

Charles Addams’ creepy and kooky comic creation the Addams Family is being revived again for the big screen — this time in animated form.

Variety reports that MGM is tying up a deal with media company BermanBraun for the macabre movie, which will be written by Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House). A stop-motion adaptation based on Addams’ original drawings was previously in the works at Illumination Entertainment, with Tim Burton set to co-write and co-produce, but that was revealed in July to be canceled.

The Addams Family — at its core Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch and Grandmama — originated in a series of 150 single-panel cartoons by Addams that appeared in The New Yorker between 1938 and the cartoonist’s death in 1988. The eccentric clan made the move to television with the beloved 1964-66 ABC comedy starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones, which was followed by an equally short-lived animated series (which got its own Gold Key comic tie-in), a reunion special and a couple of revivals (both animated and live-action, and both brief).

However, their greatest success came in a pair of live-action movies: 1991’s The Addams Family (it grossed $191.5 million on a $38 million production budget), and its 1993 sequel Addams Family Values.