AceShowbiz - Hollywood is set to revisit the creepy Cemetary Ridge. A new animated adaptation of "The Addams Family" is being developed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake is directed by Conrad Vernon ("Sausage Party").
Created by cartoonist Charlie Addams back in 1938, the classic story was originally published in The New Yorker. It spawned a live-action TV series starring John Astin and Carolyn Jones, animated shows, a couple of feature films starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christina Ricci, and video games.
The "Addams" is a satirical spin on the ideal American family. It's about an eccentric wealthy aristocratic clan who shares macabre interests. The close-knit family lives in a gothic mansion adjacent to a cemetery and a swamp. The proud family consists of the parents Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, their butler Lurch, the disembodied hand Thing, and Cousin Itt.
Since 1998's direct-to-video film starring Daryl Hannah and Tim Curry, there have been attempts to revive the classic story but all fell apart. Back in 2010, a new adaptation was in the works at Universal Pictures with Tim Burton hired to co-write the script and possibly direct the project.
MGM has been working on an animated "Addams Family" movie since 2013. Pamela Pettler ("Monster House", "Corpse Bride") penned the screenplay with revisions by Matt Lieberman. In addition to serving behind the lens, Vernon will co-produce the film.
Conrad Vernon is also attached to direct an uncoming Jetsons movie. He previously co-directed R-rated "Sausage Party" with Greg Tiernan. His other past credits included "Shrek 2", "Monsters vs. Aliens", "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted", and "Penguins of Madagascar". He was also involved in the makings of "Trolls" and "The Emoji Movie". On top of that, he was among the voice cast of "The Boss Baby".