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Netflix's Wednesday Addams Series Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

You may have heard that a reboot of The Addams Family was coming. Last fall, media outlets reported that an MGM Television project featuring the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family was in the works. Well, it turns out that the project is a little different than some might have anticipated. It's reportedly titled Wednesday, and the live-action series will focus mostly on the coming-of-age of just one member of the Addams clan.

The Addams Family has a long history. First created in 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams for The New Yorker, they became his most enduring characters, appearing in a television show starting in 1964, followed over the years by multiple animated series and the fondly-remembered '90s feature films The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values. But that's not all, as Gomez, Morticia, Thing, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley, and Wednesday have also appeared in more movies and series, the most recent being 2019's animated feature.

This new project will tweak the formula a bit. The setup sounds a bit more like a show from The CW (think Riverdale) or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, with a focus on young detectives who will probably deal with some personal angst in between the comedy. Here's what we know about the new Netflix series so far. 

Does Wednesday have a release date?

It's a bit too early to know the release date for Wednesday, as wheels were only recently put into motion with negotiations taking place late last year. Additionally, no casting has been announced. All that can be said for sure is that it's not coming out in 2021 — Netflix has released a full slate for this year already that includes a new movie every single week, and this show isn't on it. The earliest it can be expected to debut on the streaming platform is probably 2022. 

Apparently, the series is getting a straight-to-series order of eight episodes, after having been the subject of a bidding war between streamers. If you're craving new Addams Family content in the meantime, though, you may only have to wait till Halloween 2021. The Addams Family 2, a sequel to the 2019 animated movie, is due out in theaters later this year. 

Has Wednesday been cast yet?

No casting information has yet been announced, and all indications point to Wednesday still being early in the production process. However, the leadership involved is enough to get fans plenty excited.

Netflix has announced that Tim Burton (Batman, Beetlejuice) will be at the helm of the live-action series. Joining him as executive producers and showrunners will be Alfred Gough and Milles Millar, whose previous projects have included Smallville and Into the Badlands. Also involved are previous producers for projects in the The Addams Family franchise, including Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, Jonathan Glickman, and Gail Berman, along with Kayla Alpert (Code Black).

How the show is cast will be eagerly watched, of course, as 1991's The Addams Family and its 1993 big-screen sequel provided a breakout role for actress Christina Ricci. She remains the actress most associated with the role of Wednesday Addams. The daughter of Morticia and Gomez has been portrayed as different ages with different personalities in various versions of the show, with six-year-old Lisa Loring originating the role in 1964. Ricci's '90s portrayal was, unsurprisingly, a little darker and edgier.

What's the plot of Wednesday?

The series is meant to be an offshoot of The Addams Family. Netflix describes it as a "sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery that follows Wednesday as a student at Nevermore Academy." Variety says that the story will involve Wednesday developing psychic powers and attempting to control them. In the meantime, the town surrounding the school setting is terrorized by a killing spree, so there's also a mystery to solve. The mystery appears to involve events from the past, and apparently has a connection to her parents, so perhaps Morticia and Gomez will show up as well.

Wednesday has to navigate all this while navigating student life, complete with new relationships and the idiosyncrasies of her fellow students. We have a feeling she's going to have a harder time whipping her new classmates into shape than those campers at Camp Chippewa in Addams Family Values, when she staged a revolt that eventually led to the destruction of the camp. Still, if the character shows that same kind of spirit, it might be fun watching her try.