- Jose Cadena
NETFLIX GREENLIGHTS ADDAMS FAMILY SERIES, INVESTS IN CREATIVE EQUITY
Practice those snaps because Wednesday Addams is back in rhythm. The pigtailed Addams Family character is getting her own shine in a solo spin-off series for Netflix. Aptly titled Wednesday, this show will focus on the young teen’s supernatural sleuthing at Nevermore Academy. Beetlejuice director Tim Burton is confirmed to direct.
While this pairing might seem like an inevitable match made in aesthetic-heaven, it’s worth noting that Burton infamously rejected calls for diversity in a 2016 Bustle interview. He told the magazine, “...things either call for things, or they don’t...I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right? I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies.”
Hopefully Burton’s apathetic attitude towards diversity is countered by Netflix, who recently published a study examining internal diversity gaps. Latinx people, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities all faced the widest margins of disproportionate representation. In reaction to their findings, Netflix pledged $100 million dollars into the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity to create resources for underrepresented communities.
Who would you like to see cast as Wednesday Addams?