Sausage Party's Conrad Vernon Set to Helm Animated Addams Family

Posted 2017/10/12 0 0

Conrad Vernon, who last brought us Sausage Party, is set to direct MGM’s upcoming animated take on The Addams Family.


Conrad Vernon, co-director of Sausage Party, has signed on to helm MGM's upcoming The Addams Family animated feature. The film will be produced by Vernon, Gail Berman from The Jackal Group and Alex Schawrtz. Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) wrote the screenplay based on the cartoons from Charles Addams, with revisions from Matt Lieberman. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi will executive produce and MGM’s Tabitha Shick will oversee the Addams Family animated feature. The CG animation work is happening at Cinesite Studios in Vancouver.

Created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family started as single-panel cartoons that mostly appeared in The New Yorker. None of the characters had names; those came about in 1964, when the characters were fleshed out for their short-lived TV series. Gomez and Morticia were parents to Wednesday and Pugsley; they also lived with butler Lurch, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Cousin Itt, and Thing, a disembodied hand. The series took great joy in offering a satirical, slightly macabre look at the modern family. The series aired during the same years as the similarly-themed The Munsters.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld famously brought The Addams Family to life twice in the 1990s, with the key roles being played by Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman, Christopher Lloyd, Judith Malina, Christopher Hart, and Carel Struycken. While the first film, released in 1991, was a huge success, making $191 million worldwide, the same could not be said of the sequel. When it came out in 1993, Addams Family Values wound up making less than half of what it's predecessor pulled in domestically.

Vernon is known for co-directing Shrek 2, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Monsters vs. Aliens. Sausage Party, which Vernon co-directed by Greg Tiernan, starred the voices of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek. He co-directed from a script by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill. Vernon has also done voice work in a number of films. He was the voice of Toilet Paper, Sauerkraut and Catcall Sausage in Sausage Party. He was the voice of Eugene in The Boss Baby.