News has recently come through that, following the success of their TV series of The Haunting Of Hill House, Netflix has entered into a multi-year overall deal with writer/director Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy, where Flanagan and Macy will develop and produce sequel series, each installment chronicling a new story with all new characters. And we also know now that the second season of will be an adaptation Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw called The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Now this is something which I’m not sure about. Not only has The Turn of the Screw been adapted many times, but the 1960 version The Innocents is to me such a perfect film, not just the greatest of movie ghost stories but a serious contender for best horror film ever made in my view, that any successive version seems redundant, and especially one which will expand and stretch out the story so it may lose lots of its effect. The Haunting of Hill House worked for a TV series because there were many strands and hints to develop and explore. But The Turn of the Screw is intimate and small scale, and my fear is that Flanagan will turn it, plus any successive novels he adapts, into some kind of soap opera with just a bit of horror now and again. But we’ll see.
And guess what?….this isn’t the only new version of the James story coming. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is releasing The Turning on January 24, 2020, directed by Floria Sigismondi, written by Jade Bartlett from Chad and Carey Hayes’ original script, and starring Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince and Mackenzie Davis. And then there’s also another TV series from Freeform, simply titled Turn of the Screw, and this one is set in today’s time and certainly is a soap, described as:
“A twisty Gothic soap re-imagined for modern times, the series will follow Elena, a Mexican-American nanny who is hired to care for the two children of a widowed-father at their summer home on idyllic Bainbridge Island. It seems like the perfect job with potential for a ‘happily ever after’ ending, but things take a sinister turn when Elena begins seeing ghosts and her grip on what is real and what is not blurs.”
We have no details about director, writer or stars yet.