Jenna Ortega talked about what she would like to happen in Wednesday's second season, Tim Burton's Netflix series that is breaking all records. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight Jenna explained what she could watch for her Wednesday: "Wednesday should be even darker.
I kind of wish it was darker. than to embody a typical hero."
The series is a horror-fantasy comedy that follows the adventures of Wednesday Addams, played by Jenna Ortega, at the private high school Nevermore Academy in the fictional town of Jericho.
Tim Burton is one of the executive producers together with, among others, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators of the television series Smallville, and Kevin Miserocchi, author of the book The Addams Family: An Evilution, 2010, as well as former producer of the CGI animated film Addams Family 2019.
Burton also directs the first four episodes of the first season, with the other four directed by Gandja Monteiro and James Marshall. The series holds the record for the most hours viewed in a week for an English-language Netflix series, surpassing the previous record held by Stranger Things season 4.
On May 19, 2021 Jenna Ortega was cast in the lead role. To prepare for her role, Ortega learned to play the cello and took lessons in canoeing, fencing, archery and German. She also deliberately avoided talking to Christina Ricci about her character interpretation during filming in order to get a more personal and original interpretation.
The actress then personally choreographed the fourth episode sequence in which she dances at Rave'N to the Cramps' Goo Goo Muck, inspired by Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse and 80s goth club footage. The theme and the original score of the series are the work of Danny Elfman, already habitual composer of themes and soundtracks of Tim Burton's films, including those of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns, Mars Attacks!, Planet of the Apes, Alice in Wonderland, Big Eyes and more.