Wednesday creators Al Gough and Miles Millar have revealed their reasons for making a spin-off solely on the eponymous character.
The Netflix series, which stars Jenna Ortega in the lead role, focuses on Wednesday as she navigates adolescence at Nevermore Academy, and the pair have disclosed that they wanted to offer an expanded depiction of the character from The Addams Family.
“It was a character that we all really loved, and nobody had spent a lot of time with,” Gough told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a character we’d only seen as a 12-year-old; [she was] part of a family and would have a funny line in [a] scene, but we didn’t know much about her.
“Her fearlessness and ability to always be herself was interesting, and we thought: ‘What if she was a teenage girl? And then what if you took her out of the family and put her in boarding school, which is ostensibly a new family? How would she react?’” he continued.
Millar, who also created Superman-prequel Smallville, added that he and Gough wanted to “honour” the legacy of The Addams Family, saying Wednesday possessed a “nostalgic” quality.
Regarding the announcement of a second season, Gwendoline Christie teased that her character, Principal Weems, could return for future episodes, telling Digital Spy exclusively: “I feel like Larissa Weems would not really be prepared to entertain or be dominated by anything as commonplace as death.
“I think that Larissa is doing her best to be embracing of the world as a whole. I think she’s taken that chance, and it’s unfortunate that it has ended up leading to her demise,” she continued. “But I feel like she thinks it’s better to take the chance than not to take the chance. I think she feels that to take a stab at an idealistic world is better than to exist in isolation.”
Wednesday is currently streaming on Netflix.