Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures has announced that digital entertainment outfit Cinesite Studios will provide CG animation and VFX for its upcoming feature film based on the macabre panel cartoon The Addams Family by Charles Addams.
Production is underway at Cinesite’s Vancouver, BC studio, overseen by line producer Barbara Zelinski. More than 200 artists, technicians and support staff are expected to be employed on the film during production.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with MGM and their trust in us as a leading animation studio to re-introduce The Addams Family to a brand-new generation,” said Antony Hunt, Group CEO. “We’re looking forward to welcoming A‐class talent from across Canada and beyond to join our growing crew in Vancouver.”
The movie is being directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party), who is also producing along with Gail Berman (The Jackal Group) and Alex Schwartz. It will be exec produced by Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi. Tabitha Shick, MGM’s Executive Director, Worldwide Motion Pictures is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Matt Lieberman.
Cinesite opened its animation division in Montreal in 2014 and has since completed production on The Star (Sony Pictures Animation), Gnome Alone and Charming (3QU Media). Production on The Addams Family, the studio’s fourth CG feature, will be based in British Columbia while Cinesite’s Quebec studio continues work on the remaining projects within 3QU Media’s slate and other feature animation productions in development.