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Tim Burton on Addams Family spin-off Wednesday: ‘I felt it was written for me’

Filmmaker Tim Burton steps into the macabre and supernatural world of the Addams Family with new series on Wednesday.

The Netflix show, due out on November 23, is based on Wednesday Addams, usually seen as a kid in previous Addams Family shows or movies, but now in an outcast high school, trying to harness her psychic powers and to be a teenager.

Tim Burton, known for mixing the weird and the charming in films like Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish, will direct the first four of the new series’ eight episodes. “I feel like it was written for me because… I felt like I was her as a boy in school,” Burton told Reuters at the Lucca Comics and Games pop culture festival in Italy.

“That feeling about family, school, technology, therapy, it just appealed to me… so it was really easy to identify with that. The Addams Family is very well done in several ways. I just love the idea of on Wednesdays and see her as a teenager.

The series centers on trauma and mental health with Wednesday, played by Jenna Ortega, visiting a therapist — scenes that Tim Burton said were important to him personally. “I’m still having problems…I’m very lucky…I had an outlet, whether it was drawing or making movies, to exercise some of those demons and deal with some of those problems Burton said.

“And so it was important for me to see her… and how she interacts with it.”

On Wednesday, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman play Wednesday’s parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams, while Christina Ricci, who starred in two ’90s movies on Wednesday, plays teacher Miss Thornhill.

Ricci previously worked with Burton on Sleepy Hollow, alongside Johnny Depp, a frequent Burton collaborator. Asked if he would work again with Depp, who is trying to rebuild his career after an ugly smear fight with his ex-wife Amber Heard, Burton said: “If it was the right thing, then sure.”

“I don’t really have one. I go to work with my ex-wife or my friends or this or that because … I do things just because I want to do them.”

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