Tim Burton is teaming up with some old pals for one of his new films. He's brought in Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to write the screenplay for his upcoming film adaptation of The Addams Family.
Alexander and Karaszewski worked with Burton on the incredible 1994 film Ed Wood. They will oversee the The Addams Family, which is being set up as a stop motion film.
This new reincarnation of The Addams Family will be more inspired by the original comic source material from Charles Addams than the previous film and TV adaptations There's a chance it will be in black and white which I think would be cool. This film will in no way be related to the 1960's TV series or the Barry Sonnenfeld directed movies from the 90's. The project will stand on it's own. Burton's intention is to go back to the the original Addams illustrations that displayed a sharper wit than what could be placed into a 60s family TV series.
Burton has also come on as a producer to a film called Big Eyes, that was developed by the same writing team. Big Eyes is a fact-based drama based on artist Margaret Keane's struggle to get credit for the line of paintings of big-eyed children that became wildly popular in the 60s.
In a interview with Deadline Karaszewski had this to say about the projects,
Both of these projects are based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves. The retrospective in New York of Tim's own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, and we've come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before.
Of course Burton added that he is excited to be working with Alexander and Karaszewski. I loved Ed Wood, so seeing this team come back together for another film is pretty awesome.