Director Mike Flanagan has a lot on his plate with his upcoming release of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep and the recent announcement that he’ll be writing a new adaptation of Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. With all of that going on, it might be easy to forget The Haunting of Bly Manor.
The series is set for Netflix, another chapter in an anthology-like series that began with The Haunting of Hill House.
Bly Manor is based on The Turn of the Screw, another piece of classic horror literature, this one by Henry James, and Flanagan told Birth.Movies.Death that he plans to dig deep into James’ work to expand the story to fill the breadth of the series.
“For fans of Henry James, it’s going to be pretty wild,” Flanagan told the site, “and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary.”
Flanagan also says this season, to him, is much scarier than the first season, and will include similar practical effects to the first.
The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a young governess who takes a position caring for two children at a remote estate known as Bly Manor. Over time, she comes to believe not only that the estate is haunted, but that the children are being controlled by the spirits there.
It is widely considered one of the greatest literary ghost stories of its kind, largely because of the uncertainty surrounding the haunting. Is it actually happening or has the governess gone mad?
Perhaps that’s why it’s been adapted numerous times over the years in every medium from stage to radio to screen.
Flanagan has confirmed that Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Victoria Pedretti, who both appeared in Hill House, will take starring roles in the new series, which is set to begin filming later this year.
Following The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flanagan will begin work on Midnight Mass, a limited series also for Netflix.
After the brilliance of The Haunting of Hill House we’re certainly ready to see the writer/director take on Bly Manor, and iHorror will keep you posted on all the details as they become available!