Following both the critical and popular success of Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” series, creator Mike Flanagan spoke with Birth.Movies.Death about the upcoming second installment “The Haunting of Bly Manor” and says the aim is to be “much scarier than season one”.
The first season was loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name. The second season, which will involve a whole new story and characters (ala “American Horror Story”), will draw on Henry James’ gothic classic novella “The Turn of the Screw” for its inspiration.
In the psychological gothic chiller, two young orphans are looked after by a young governess by whom most of the story is narrated by. The property has already had an acclaimed adaptation with the classic film “The Innocents”, and Flanagan says the show’s ream is “looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season”. He goes on to talk about his excitement for the new story:
“It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about season one, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I’ve got quite a few candidates among new faces who I really love, but we haven’t formally cast anybody yet.”
Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen are expected to return in new roles in this one, and Flanagan also assures fans that the new season will rely heavily on practical effects like ‘Hill House’ did:
“That’s part of the DNA of The Haunting for me – that old-school approach to the ghosts. In particular, we’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season one about hidden ghosts and things like that and find new gears for them this time. It’ll be the same type of story, and we’ll treat the ghosts very much the same way.”
“The Haunting of Bly Manor” will premiere in 2020 on Netflix.