PARAMOUNT ANNOUNCES START OF 'ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES'
HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- America's favorite creepy, kooky, ooky, clan will return this Thanksgiving in "Addams Family Values," the sequel to the 1991 hit comedy "The Addams Family." Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd reprise their roles in the film to be produced by Scott Rudin and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures, it was announced today by John Goldwyn, Group president/production. David Nicksay is the executive producer of the screenplay written by Paul Rudnick, based on the characters created by Charles Addams. Joining the Addams household will be Joan Cusack as Debbie, the family nanny, and Carol Kane will assume the role of Granny Addams. Also returning are Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams; Jimmy Workman as Pugsley Addams; Carel Struycken as Lurch; and Christopher Hart as Thing. "Addams Family Values" began production on Feb. 8. Huston received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a comedy for "The Addams Family." She received an Academy Award for "Prizzi's Honor." Huston was also nominated for her roles in "The Grifters" and "Enemies, a Love Story." She is also co-starring in the upcoming Woody Allen film, "Manhattan Murder Mystery." On television, Huston was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in the acclaimed CBS mini-series "Lonesome Dove." This March, she will star in the ABC mini-series "Family Pictures." Julia won the National Board of Review's Best Actor Award for "Kiss of the Spider Woman." His films include the upcoming "The Plague," "Romero," "Presumed Innocent" and "Tequila Sunrise." Julia, who recently starred on Broadway in the "Man of La Mancha," is a four-time Tony nominee for his performances in "Nine," "The Threepenny Opera," "Where's Charley?" and "Two Gentlemen in Verona," and is one of the leading classical actors for the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival. Lloyd starred as Dr. Emmett Brown in the "Back to the Future" trilogy and as Jim Ignatowski in the comedy series "Taxi," for which he won two Emmy awards. He recently won an Emmy Award as Best Actor in a drama series for "Avonlea." Lloyd's film credits include "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Eight Men Out" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which was his feature film debut. He recently completed John Hughes' "Dennis the Menace," set for release this June. Cusack was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for "Working Girl." She recently co-starred with Robin Williams in "Toys." Cusack's film credits include "Broadcast News," "Men Don't Leave," "Say Anything" and "Married to the Mob." Kane received two Emmy Awards for her role as Simka Gravas on the comedy series "Taxi." She also starred in the NBC series "American Dreamer" and "All Is Forgiven." Kane's feature film credits include the recent "In the Soup," "Ted & Venus," "Joe vs. the Volcano," "Flashback," "My Blue Heaven," "The Lemon Sisters," "Scrooged," "The Princess Bride," "The Last Detail" and "Annie Hall." Director Sonnenfeld is an award-winning cinematographer who made his motion picture directorial debut with "The Addams Family." He recently directed the comedy "For Love or Money," starring Michael J. Fox. His films as director of photography include "Misery," "Miller's Crossing," "When Harry Met Sally," "Big," "Throw Momma from the Train" and "Raising Arizona." Rudin produced "The Addams Family," which to date has grossed more than $113 million domestically. Rudin was the producer of 1992's hit comedy "Sister Act." His other films include "Flatliners," "Pacific Heights," "Little Man Tate" and Paramount's "Regarding Henry" and "Jennifer Eight," on which he was executive producer. Before becoming an independent producer, Rudin was president of production for Twentieth Century Fox. He is currently in production with "The Firm" for Paramount, starring Tom Cruise and directed and co-produced by Sydney Pollack. Rudin recently completed production on Paramount's "Searching for Bobby Fischer," a drama starring Joe Mantegna, Larry Fishburne and Ben Kingsley, directed by Steven Zaillian, and "Life with Mikey," a comedy starring Fox, directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. Upcoming from Rudin is the sequel to "Sister Act," starring Whoopi Goldberg and to be directed by Bill Duke. Also this spring, Rudin is co- producing with Stuart Ostrow "Face Value," the new play by David Henry Hwang, author of the Tony-winning "M. Butterfly." Nicksay served as executive producer on "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." His credits also include "Pacific Heights," "Young Guns II," "Stay Tuned," "White Sands," "Freejack," "Lucas" and "Mrs. Soffel." He recently completed three years as president and head of production of Morgan Creek Productions. Prior to that, he was senior vice president, production at Paramount Pictures. Nicksay's television credits as a producer include the ABC telefilm "Call to Glory" and the NBC mini-series "Little Gloria ... Happy at Last." Screenwriter Rudnick is a New York-based novelist and playwright. The Yale graduate received acclaim for his comedic plays "I Hate Hamlet," "Poor Little Lambs" and the current "Jeffrey." Rudnick is also the author of the novels "Social Disease" and "I'll Take It" and has written articles for such magazines as Premiere, Interview and Spy. "Addams Family Values" is his first credited screenplay. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc. -0- 2/16/93 /CONTACT: Carol Sewell, director of national publicity of Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5588/ (PCI)
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