Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Will Tell More Than One of Henry James’ Tales

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Director, Mike Flanagan’s follow up to the spectacularly great, Haunting of Hill House will follow a different family in a new house and introduce the audience to Henry James ghost stories.

In season one, Flanagan used Shirley Jackson’s tale as a jumping off point. This season will see the work of Henry James’s in the narrative. Among them we will see The Turn of the Screw as well as a few others.

Games Radar spoke to Flanagan and he uncovered some of the mystery surrounding his upcoming series.

The thing I have access to, that no other adaptation of The Turn of to the Screw has, is the rest of Henry James’ ghost stories. I get to use all of them. The Turn of the Screw has been adapted so many times. We know how perfectly it fits into a feature film format. We’re doing a whole season of television. The Turn of the Screw is only one of a dozen stories that we’re telling.

All Henry James; all thematically linked. I think of Turning of the Screw as the backbone of this season – the through-line that carries us from beginning to end. But we get to go off into The Jolly Corner and The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, and so many other of these wonderful ghost stories that people haven’t seen adapted before. It’s all wrapped up in what seems to be familiar, but that familiarity goes away really early in the first episode. It says, ‘We’re off on a whole other road.’ It’s been really exciting to have this much bigger canvas because you’re not going to do better than The Innocents anyway.

In addition, it sounds like Flanagan is very keen on future seasons following different story lines and introducing new characters.

We are personally loving the anthology format and can’t wait to see what he offers in The Haunting of Bly Manor.

There is no set date for the release of season 2 as of yet, but you can catch Flanagan’s Stephen King adaptation, Doctor Sleep in theaters starting Nov. 8.

What do you guys think? Are you Henry James fans? Excited for the next season? Let us know in the comments section.

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Trey grew up wedged in-between the aisles of a video store. After a Cronenbergian inspired sequence, He has officially become fused with both film and video games. He writes all things pop culture, and has accidentally kicked two sharks and lived. Give him a follow and Tweet him something not too judgy @TreyHilburn.