The rumor that Tim Burton would direct a 3D stop-motion version of The Addams Family was quickly shot down a few months ago, but there is indeed some truth to the story after all. Burton isn't really involved -- yet -- in any capacity, so it makes sense that his people denied the news in March. However, producer Christopher Meledandri, a former Fox Animation exec who's about to release Despicable Me at Universal, at least confirms existence of the project:

"It's all very, very early," he told ComingSoon.net, "but we are developing with [Tim Burton directing] in mind ... We're just now at the story phase."

Well of course Burton would be in mind for something like an adaptation of Charles Addams' cartoons. But what if the director declines, finally realizing that his fans want him to do something original for a change? This seems so appropriate for Burton that few others could substitute, though obvious other choices could be Burton pals Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), Mike Johnson (co-director of Corpse Bride) and Shane Acker (9).

Meledandri, who is also in development with the Emily the Strange movie, went on to address claims that The Addams Family would be shot in black and white: "That's not correct.," he said, "It's not incorrect, but it's not correct. We haven't gotten to that point." Don't you just love the ambiguity of Hollywood sometimes? The statement does make sense, though. Surely Meledandri would like to have the film in black and white, but how can anyone say at this point in the game? Maybe Universal would rather have some color in there.

So far there's just a lot of wishful thinking and some rights ownership. No director, screenplay or voices cast. I will presume, though, that Russell Brand will be lending his vocals for some character or other. He's already supplying his voice to Meledandri's Despicable Me and Hop, and If Burton doesn't direct (and cast Johnny Depp) perhaps he could play Gomez.