Why Netflix wanted to remove this line from ‘Wednesday’

Apparently, according to series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the original screenplay for Tim Burton’s “Wednesday” was a little too scary, wacky, and overall gross for Netflix’s tastes.

In an IndieWire interview published Tuesday, the writers revealed that streaming platform executives wanted to “cut out a few lines” from the Addams Family spin-off starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams.

For example, the creators cited a scene in which Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers), Wednesday’s feisty roommate at boarding school, encourages the brooding teen to “make an effort to be social.” In her unmistakable toneless tone, Wednesday replies, “I like to sting. The social part, not so much.”

Netflix reportedly didn’t like the “stabbing” line. But the writers persevered, and the violent joke eventually made the final cut.

“That’s the whole point of the character,” Millar told IndieWire. “To lose or dilute that is a betrayal of character.”

Gough added that, in general, the streaming giant “has always been very supportive and the executives have been big ‘Addams Family’ fans.”

Burton co-directs and executive produces Wednesday. Ortega plays the sharp-tongued goth daughter of Gomez (Luis Guzmán) and Morticia Addams (Catherine Zeta-Jones). The rising scream queen has garnered rave reviews for her smug, blunt portrayal the murderous character – who embarks on a solo adventure at Nevermore Academy for outcasts in the first season of the show, which (of course) began streaming.

The spin-off also stars Christina Ricci, who played the role of Wednesday in the 1991 film Addams Family.

In previous Addams Family projects, Wednesday “was never the center of the scene,” Millar told IndieWire.

“Because of the ‘Harry Potter’ of everything [the question was] Should she be in a normal school and then be a fish out of water? he continued. “But it felt kind of monotonous and she always had to go home to the family at night [we] wanted to get away from.”

On Tuesday, Netflix announced that “Wednesday” broke the platform’s record for the most hours in a week for an English-language show, with 341.2 million hours streamed. The spooky series debuted at #1 on the platform in 83 countries, following on from Season 4 of Stranger Things.

In her review of “Wednesday” for the Los Angeles Times, television critic Lorraine Ali praised Ortega’s ice-cold performance and called the hit mystery series “brilliant on every level.”

“Ortega is a gifted, nihilistic teenager who would rather hang out in a crypt than a club,” writes Ali. “She embodies Wednesday with her shallow affectation and utter contempt for her peers. Her … zombie-like moves at the school dance to the tune of the Cramps’ “Goo Goo Muck” — with nothing less than a deadly serious face — create one of the best television moments of the year.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-11-29/wednesday-netflix-dialogue-jenna-ortega-tim-burton-alfred-gough-miles-millar Why Netflix wanted to remove this line from ‘Wednesday’

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