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.