Mike Flanagan is certainly a busy man these days, and he recently spoke to ‘Arrow In The Head’ about his next two projects for Netflix. First up for discussing was Midnight Mass which will follow:
An isolated island community that experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.
“It’s a limited series [currently set for seven episodes], but it might end up being more than that; I don’t know yet. Midnight Mass is kind of my baby; I’ve been working on that for six years. I started writing it while Oculus was in preproduction, and it’s a very personal, scary little story. For years, I’ve sat on it and waited for the right moment; for a while I was like, ‘No one’s going to make Midnight Mass, no one will let me do it,’ and now they’ll let me do it, so I’m going to go do it while I can!”
On top of directing all seven episodes of this new Netflix horror series, Flanagan will also serve as an executive producer alongside Trevor Macy.
And then Netflix and Flanagan also have the second season of The Haunting Of Hill House aka The Haunting Of Bly Manor heading our way in 2020. The second season will be an adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and will begin filming in Vancouver on September 30th.
“We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. 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 already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”
The Turn of the Screw has already been adapted several times, most notably in 1961 as The Innocents which I personally rank as one of the top ten horror films of all time and certainly the finest ghost movie. I’ve been very sceptical as to what this new version of a very small-scale and highly psychological story can bring to the table, but expanding it to incorporate other Henry James material is certainly an interesting idea.