Exclusively from Variety; Conrad Vernon is on board to direct MGM’s animated ‘Addams Family’ movie.
Vernon is known for voicing The Gingerbread Man in DreamWorks Animation Shrek franchise and directing Sony’s animated comedy “Sausage Party.” He will “produce the movie with Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz, principals of production house the Jackal Group.”
The Addams family originally appeared as an unrelated group of 150 single-panel cartoons by Charles Addams with about half primarily published in The New Yorker.
The ‘Addams Family’ have since been adapted to other media including a live-action television series in 1964 on ABC, starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones, and a 1977 television film and cameos from the cast in other shows. Influenced by its growing cult following, an unrelated animated series aired in 1973. The franchise was revived in the 1990s with a feature film series consisting of The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) starred Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christina Ricci.
“The Addamses are a satirical inversion of the ideal twentieth-century American family” revolving around Gomez and Morticia Addams; their children Wednesday and Pugsley, close family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing, and Gomez’s Cousin Itt.[a]