Tim Burton will be on board again Wednesday 2. In a recent interview with the British Film Institute, the American director provided an update on the already confirmed second season of the highly popular Netflix TV series, partially directed by the director who directed four out of eight episodes of the first season. The filmmaker of Beetlejuice (of which we will soon see the sequel) promised that, although the new episodes are on hold due to the ongoing strike in Hollywood, he will be involved in some way.
Wednesday was one of the biggest television hits of last year, breaking numerous records on Netflix and beyond on the streamer. He helped revive the Addams Family myth by introducing it to a whole new generation.
“Mentally I’ve put a lot of things on hold until all the strikes are over. I can edit and do some things, but until the veil lifts, then things go back to normal. But yes, I will be involved in some way I’m not sure yet, because at the moment everything is at a standstill”, Burton declared a short while ago at al BFI.
And anyway, in addition to directing the first four episodes of the first season of Wednesday, Burton is also the executive producer of the series, so his style has had a big influence on the overall look of the Netflix show (also viewable on Sky Q and via the app on the NOW Smart Stick) and will certainly continue to do so. In addition to influencing its style, as executive producer of the show he will certainly want to have his hands in the dough very well, as he did with the first act of the saga.
What will the second season tell about Wednesday
Plot details have not yet been revealed for the second season of Wednesday. However, the series’ creators, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, have hinted that they have a significant long-term plan for future seasons of the show. “We always look to the future, and when we sit down to create a show, we ideally look at several seasons,” Gough and Millar said in an interview last year. “This is never a given, but it is the anticipation that hopefully the show will be successful. So you always plan at least three or four seasons of possible storylines for the characters. Then everything can evolve and change. Often you want to see which characters or cast emerge and who you like to write. So you want to keep it open and organic enough that you can change it and evolve it, but we certainly have a clear vision of what we want to do in future seasons.”
Wednesdaynot just a television series but a real cultural phenomenon
Last year, the record-breaking Netflix show managed to overthrow the fourth season of Stranger Things. Then this year both of the streaming platform’s hits were beaten by the recent live-action TV series One piece.
The spin-off dedicated to the eldest daughter of Morticia and Gomez Addams recorded a resounding success, thanks to a chapeau protagonist: the version of Wednesday Addams proposed by actress Jenna Ortega was practically unanimously applauded. Much of the success of the show and how her character emerged splendidly is due to the deep bond that the actress and director-producer Tim Burton managed to establish on set. A few days ago the American filmmaker admitted that he is very close to Jenna Ortega, that he has a lot of respect for her and that he gets on really well with her on a professional and personal level.
Tim Burton, a filmmaker who is a true legend
American director, screenwriter, producer and visual artist known for his unique and distinctive style that mixes horror, gothic, freak and black humor, Tim Burton, born in 1958, is a native of Burbank, California, United States. His winning recipe is made up of delicious ingredients: gothic elements, dark fantasy and black humor mixed with wisdom create an immediately recognizable visual aesthetic.
Among his most iconic works, we remember Edward scissor hands (Edward Scissorhands, 1990), a film that launched his collaboration with actor Johnny Depp. Then Batman (1989) e Batman – The Return (Batman Returns1992), two film adaptations of Batman that helped renew interest in the comic book character. The Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005), based on the book by Roald Dahl, once again sees the partnership between Burton and Depp. Beetlejuice (1988) is the dark fantasy comedy that has become a cult which features a memorable performance by Michael Keaton in the role of Beetlejuice, a disturbed spirit who we will soon see again in the highly anticipated sequel (where Monica Bellucci, who a few months ago has become the new companion of Tim Burton).
Also Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is one of the titles that most recalls the “Burtonian” imagery, although Tim Burton did not direct this film (he is the creator and executive producer, the director is Henry Selick). It is a stop-motion animated film that tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, who discovers Christmas.