The brief for production designer Mark Scruton to bring Tim Burton back to life as The Addams Family was very clear. “We’re not trying to copy anything else — it’s not a sequel, it’s not a reinvention, it’s something new,” he said. Scruton returns to the source material of cartoonist Charles Adams to evoke the world ofWednesday and, together with Burton and an illustrator, first sketches Sad Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) and lively Emma Myers’ dorm, which will set the tone for everything else.
“It’s the epitome of everything. The difference between [boarding school] Nevermore and [small town] Jericho is the same as the difference between Enid and Wednesday,” explains Scruton. “The window went from wanting to provide a strong graphic connection to the fact that the two were the complete opposite. I wanted half to be stained glass and half to be completely monochrome. But we had to go back and forth,” Enid herself completed All the coloring, so Wednesday could scrape it all off, and then that would lead to even more tension between them. “You get this fantastic, literal split in the middle, which works so well on the show.”
And that’s where things get complicated, because they’re filming Netflix in Toronto Plans for the series fell through, and the look Scruton imagined was scrapped. “[Toronto] basically just didn’t fit in. We had to find other places that would give us more space,” he said. Enter Romania, home to the creepy Nevermore Academy, kitschy theme park Pilgrim World and the quintessentially American town of Jericho, to name just a few of Scruton’s creations. “At During the week, we descended from the swamp scrub to the town of Jericho, as you can see on the show,” Scruton said. “There’s a large piece of farmland next to the studio that we can rent down the street. We can say, ‘We’re going to have 15 These were stripped,’ and built from scratch.”