They're creepy. They're kooky. They're mysterious, spooky and, frankly, we have to say we find them to be altogether ooky even though we're not actually sure what that word means. Yes, they're the Addams Family, and now they have a new adjective to describe them: Burtonesque.

That's because goth auteur extraordinaire Tim Burton is set to take on one of his biggest influences with a new Addams Family stop motion feature film and according to Deadline, the script will be written by two of Burton's old friends, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the script for Burton's acclaimed biography 'Ed Wood.' They're creepy. They're kooky. They're mysterious, spooky and, frankly, we have to say we find them to be altogether ooky, even though we're not actually sure what that word means. Yes, they're the Addams Family, and now they have a new adjective to describe them: Burtonesque.

That's because goth auteur extraordinaire Tim Burton is set to take on one of his biggest influences with a new 'Addams Family' stop motion feature film and according to Deadline, the script will be written by two of Burton's old friends, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the script for Burton's acclaimed biography 'Ed Wood.'

The Addams Family, of course, has been adapted numerous times since it first appeared in a series of popular New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams in the 1930's, including versions for television, stage and screen. Most of the adaptations, however, have softened Addams's dark humor, something that won't be necessary for the perpetually creepy Burton, who has made a name for himself with similarly themed works such as the classic 1993 stop motion film 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.'

Karaszewski thinks it's a marriage made in Heaven.

"The retrospective in New York of Tim's own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him," the screenwriter told Deadline. "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."

In addition to producing 'The Addams Family' for Universal's Illumination studios (the folks that brought you 'Despicable Me'), Burton is also teaming with Alexander and Karaszewski for a second project called 'Big Eyes.' Based on true events, the movie will tell the story of Margaret Keane, an artist who became a national figure in the 1960's thanks to her portraits of large-eyed children -- portraits which her husband then claimed to have painted. The battle between the two culminated in a dramatic courtroom showdown where a judge ordered them each to paint a picture side-by-side to prove which of them was the true artist, an event that exonerated Keane.

"I am excited to be working with Scott and Larry again," Burton said in a statement. "I've always been a great admirer of Margaret Keane's work and find her story intriguing"

And hey. If Burton likes it, that's good enough for us.
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