One of the most talked about new TV shows of last year was undoubtedly Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. Based on Shirley Jackson's iconic book, the series was a perfectly crafted horror story with an emotional core powered by Mike Flanagan's innovative style.
Naturally, the success of the show led to millions of fans all over the world hoping for a second season. Without spoiling anything for those of you that haven't seen it, the final episode of Hill House wraps up the story of the Crain family with little room for more. However, Flanagan previously revealed that should Netflix want another season he already had ideas for The Haunting Of to become a banner for an anthology series. Cut to a few months later, and Netflix has done just that.
Flanagan has announced that the second season will adapt another famed horror literary classic with Henry James’ gothic chiller The Turn of the Screw serving as the inspiration for The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Here's what Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy had to say;
“Netflix has been an important part of our story, and we’re proud to have worked with them on The Haunting of Hill House, not to mention Gerald’s Game, Hush, and Before I Wake. They’ve enabled and supported a great deal of our work, and we look forward to much more.”
Netflix's Cindy Holland added;
“Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy [producer] are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats but unable to look away. We’re excited to continue our partnership with them on The Haunting series and future projects to come.”
Mike Flanagan recently partnered with Macy's film company to develop new supernatural-themed TV shows exclusively for Netflix. Having set the standard incredibly high with Hill House, I can't wait to see what fresh horrors the duo will manifest for Bly Manor. Before we endure another haunting, Flanagan returns to the big screen later this year with his highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. Ewan McGregor stars as the now grown-up Danny Torrance alongside Rebecca Ferguson, and Jacob Tremblay, Doctor Sleep is due for release on November 8.