One creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky family is heading back to the big screen. Following the news this past summer that The Munsters TV series reboot is in the works at NBC, the other gothic family from the ’60s TV era is looking to stake a new claim in the modern age with an animated Addams Family movie that now has a director.

According to THR, Conrad Vernon, the co-director behind the unforgettable R-rated animated comedy (or horror film, depending on how you look at it) Sausage Party, is now set to direct The Addams Family animated film for MGM.

Vernon will work from a screenplay by Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) with additional work by Matt Lieberman (based on Charles Addams' iconic single-panel comics that first introduced readers to the frightening and fun family that would go on to include husband and wife Gomez and Morticia, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, the Frankenstein's monster-esque butler Lurch, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, the hairy Cousin Itt, and the dismembered hand known as Thing.

In addition to directing, Vernon will produce The Addams Family movie alongside Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz, with Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi executive producing. The film will feature CG animation from Vancouver's Cinesite Studios.

Charles Addams' comics were first adapted for the small screen on ABC's live action The Addams Family TV series, which ran from 1964–1966, the same timespan that The Munsters was airing on CBS. The Addams family would go on to return in numerous live action TV specials over the years, with new actors playing the iconic roles in The New Addams Family series that ran from 1998–1999 and three feature films that were released in the 1990s. The altogether ooky family also appeared in the realm of cartoons with an appearance in The New Scooby-Doo Movies and two of their own animated series.

A release date and voice casting details for the new animated film are unknown at this time, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as more information is revealed. In the meantime, are you looking forward to an animated Addams Family movie? Do you hope that it leans more towards the family-friendly vibe of Hotel Transylvania or would you prefer to see more edgy comedy in the vein of Sausage Party? Let us know in the comments section and get your snapping fingers ready for that iconic theme song!

Source: THR
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