While The Addams Family has never really been a horror franchise, the titular clan still tends to hold a special place in most fright fans’ hearts, for obvious reasons. They’re creepy, they’re kooky, and they love the dark things that so often hold a special pull to us lovers of the macabre.
The Addams Family of course first gained pop culture notoriety via their 1960s TV series, which featured John Astin as Gomez and Carolyn Jones as Morticia. Later, the Addams brand was revitalized via Barry Sonnenfeld’s early 90s theatrical films The Addams Family and Addams Family Values.
Those two movies were hits with both critics and audiences, and featured brilliant performances by the late Raul Julia as Gomez, Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. The sequel also added a deliciously evil Joan Cusack to the fray.
MGM is currently preparing to resurrect The Addams Family for the current generation, in the form of an animated feature. Sausage Party helmer Conrad Vernon is directing, from a script by Monster House writer Pamela Pettler. Now, Deadline reports that The Addams Family animated movie will hit theaters on October 11th, 2019.
Releasing an Addams Family movie in Halloween month is a great move, and MGM should be commended for making it. Fall 2019 is looking packed for horror fans already, with IT: Chapter 2, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? both already set for that period.
Casting news for the film is scarce so far, but it looks like Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Oscar Isaac might end up playing Gomez, which is actually pretty spot-on casting. Stay tuned to iHorror for any future updates.