Director Mike Flanagan has been a force in the horror genre in the past handful of years, making movies like Oculus, Hush, Absentia, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Now Flanagan takes his talent for terror to Netflix for a new horror series. The streaming service has made a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a new adaptation of the classic ghost story The Haunting of Hill House written, directed, and executive produced by Flanagan, and through Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin TV and Paramount TV.
The series is a re-imagining of The Haunting of Hill House, the 1959 novel from author Shirley Jackson. The book has been adapted twice before. The first was the 1963 movie The Haunting directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, and Richard Johnson. The second was the much less well-received 1999 movie, also titled The Haunting, directed by Jan de Bont and starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Lili Taylor.
Here’s a description of the book from Amazon:
The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powersâ€”and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
Another upcoming project of Flanagan’s is the adaptation of Stephen King‘s Gerald’s Game we heard about back in 2014, which, as it turns out, is also coming to Netflix.
The director was also reported to be involved with a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 2014, but no word on where that project currently stands.
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