Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House team will take on Turn of the Screw for their follow-up to the horror series.
Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s famous novel was a smash hit last year, using the original text as a springboard from which to tackle everything from family dynamics to grief and trauma.
“Scary, moving and unbearably gripping, Mike Flanagan’s haunted family drama is one of the scariest TV shows in recent memory,” we wrote in our five-star review, naming it one of our top TV shows of 2018.
Flanagan and Netflix are already close partners, but it didn’t take long for Netflix to confirm that he and executive producer Trevor Macy would officially return with another instalment in what is now becoming a The Haunting of… anthology. The second season, which is part of the pair’s new multi-year deal with the streaming giant, will chart The Haunting of Bly Manor, in a story that will be based on The Turn of the Screw.
Henry James’ 1898 novella is an equally iconic piece of genre literature, and follows a young governess hired to look after two children at an Essex country house, only for spirits from the kids’ past to emerge with a hold over them. The novel spirals into a game of doubt and uncertainty, as James prompts us to wonder whether the governess has been imagining it all. In other words, there’s more than enough material there for Flanagan and his team to sink their teeth into. And, like Hill House, Turn of the Screw is no stranger to our screens, with a 1961 film, The Innocents, bringing it to life. The prospect of seeing The Haunting’s creative team bringing their own take on it is terrifyingly exciting, in all sense of the words.