Netflix has ordered a follow-up to Oculus and Hush writer and director Mike Flanagan‘s hit horror series The Haunting of Hill House. But it’s not going to be a direct season two.
Instead, Netflix is turning the show into an anthology. The second season, which has been revealed as The Haunting of Bly Manor, will tell a brand new story with different characters from the ones followed in the first season.
It’s also been announced that Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy have signed a new multi-year TV deal with Netflix, which will see them developing new series for the streaming service.
Of the two announcements, Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland said:
“Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy 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.”
Flanagan and Macy released a joint statement, saying:
“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.”
Like The Haunting of Hill House, which was an adaptation of author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, The Haunting of Bly Manor will also be an adaptation. It will be based on the 1898 horror novel The Turn of the Screw, written by Henry James. The story has been adapted numerous times in the past, including the 1961 classic The Innocents.
Next up for Flanagan and Macy is the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, titled Doctor Sleep. That’s set to be released this fall.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is set to be released sometime in 2020.
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