Awards Profile 2019: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan’s ‘The Addams Family’ from United Artists

United Artists' "The Addams Family"

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FILM: “The Addams Family”

DISTRIBUTOR: United Artists
DIRECTOR(S): Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
PRODUCERS: Conrad Vernon, Gail Berman, Alex Achwartz
WRITER: Matt Lieberman
CAST: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloé Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Elsie Fisher, Aimee Garcia, and Allison Janney
SYNOPSIS: The Addams family faces-off against a treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host who moves into the town next door. (Courtesy of MGM)
RELEASE: October 11, 2019

POTENTIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Allison Janney will voice Margaux Needler

Based on the beloved comic cartoon by Charles Addams, “The Addams Family” is making their way back to the silver screen. The New Yorker first published the cartoon in 1938 with the idea of flipping the concept of the “standard” family with gothic, ghoulish effect. Such a nuanced take on this theme has been incredibly resonated. In the years since the comic’s introduction, there have been several successful adaptations across television, film, and theatre. With an “out-of-the-box” perceptive on family thriving in contemporary society, one would imagine this theme will help “The Addams Family” achieve a very worthy return at the box-office.

Oscar Isaac (from the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy), Charlize Theron (Oscar winner of 2003’s “Monster”) and Allison Janney (Oscar winner of 2017’s “I, Tonya”) are just a few of the talents lending their voices to “The Addams Family.” Based on her filmography, Janney is no stranger to animated films. The actress has provided voiceover work to characters in “Finding Nemo” (2003), “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (2014) and “Finding Dory” (2016) with great success.

Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan direct this animated take on the creepy, kooky family. Vernon and Tiernan also directed 2016’s popular animated feature “Sausage Party,” starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, and Jonah Hill. The animated movie is a vulgarity-laced parody of Disney and Pixar films made specifically for adults. “Sausage Party” was a huge hit, and the film made over $140 million (Box Office Mojo) at the box office. If this directing team’s first endeavor resulted in such success, perhaps “The Addams Family” will follow suit.

POTENTIAL CHALLENGES:

Morticia and Gomez Addams (voiced by Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac)

This is the umpteenth adaptation of “The Addams Family.” The most recent iterations were the live-action 1991 and 1993 films, starring Angelica Houston, Raul Julia, and Christina Ricci. These two films, in particular, are beloved by many and, upon release, quickly reach cult classic status. Can this new take tap into what made the Addams family one of the most recognizable, beloved families in America?

More importantly, how many adaptations are too many? Although this new version is animated and seeks to tell an original narrative, have Gomez and Morticia Addams and their children, Wednesday and Pugsley, been overused? And is this adaptation the best way to introduce a new generation to the quirky Addams family? Hopefully, this latest incarnation finds its audience for ghoulish delights.

POTENTIAL AWARD CATEGORIES IN PLAY:

  • Best Animated Feature (Conrad Vernon, Gail Berman, Alex Achwartz)

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