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After ‘Alice,’ Tim Burton might try ‘Addams’

With Tim Burton’s 3-D “Alice In Wonderland” topping box-office charts in its third week – the deranged family fantasy won Friday, March 19, with $9.9 million, pushing its cume to $241.2 million – many in Hollywood are wondering what the director will do next.

The answer probably won’t surprise you.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming says Burton will embark on a stop-motion, 3-D, animated version of “The Addams Family.” Illumination Entertainment reportedly acquired rights to the original Addams drawings, which once appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Fleming says Burton plans to get back to the dark humor and sharp wit of the cartoons, which was missing from the television series and motion pictures, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Burton’s no stranger to stop-motion animation, having produced and/or directed such gems as “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “Corpse Bride.” Even “Nightmare” has enjoyed a 3-D conversion in recent years, and screens annually around Halloween.

The “Addams Family” material certain speaks to Burton’s sensibilities, though some of us (myself included) are tiring of adaptations and would like to see this creative director get back to original material such as “Edward Scissorhands” or the spectacular “Big Fish.”

At the very least, we can expect an announcement proclaiming Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have signed on to play Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 20, 2010 | Permalink |

    Tim Burton has exquisite visual taste. A master. Go for it Tim.

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