Everything We Know About THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR

The first season of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House reimagined Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel as a modern story about shared familial trauma. It was a hit, so the pressure was on for Mike Flanagan – who directed and co-wrote every episode – to come up with something equally intoxicating for season 2, since the story of the Crain family was wrapped up in the first. Many – myself included – assumed he would go the anthology route, telling different stories set in Hill House.

What none of us figured is that The Haunting would move beyond its titular home and adapt another horror classic. But as Flanagan recently revealed on Twitter, that’s exactly what he  and his team are doing.

Here’s everything know about the second season Netflix’s The Haunting series.

It’s based on The Turn of the Screw

The official Twitter account for The Haunting of Hill House posted a mysterious video back in February teasing the show’s second season. “Listen closely,” it read.

In the background a faint whisper can be heard. It’s a woman reading the words: “The terrace and the whole place, the lawn and the garden beyond it, all I could see of the park, were empty with a great emptiness.” This is a line from Henry James’ chilling horror novella The Turn of the Screw, which seemed to indicate the next season would set up shop in another famously haunted abode from literature: Bly Manor.

That news was confirmed by Flanagan after another quick teaser. Season two will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor and will readapt James’ story for the small screen.

This is thrilling news for any literary horror fans. The Turn of the Screw is a beloved staple in the genre, and was famously adapted into the controversial 1961 film, The Innocents. The book tells the story of a young governess who watches over two orphaned children in an English country house called Bly. She begins seeing ghostly apparitions and is troubled by the strange behavior of Miles, one of the children in her keep.

It will also incorporate other Henry James stories

In an interview with Birth. Movies. Death., Flanagan revealed that the next season isn’t solely based on The Turn of the Screw, but on all of Henry James’ ghost stories. Here’s his full quote:

 “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.”
Many Hill House cast members will return

We now know that the governess, named Dani in this version, will be played by Victoria Pedretti, who played Nell in Hill House. She announced the news on Twitter.

She’s not the only Hill House cast member joining the show’s second season. Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who played Nell’s twin brother Luke, will also appear in Bly Manor, playing a character named Peter. In the novel, Peter Quint is the name of a ghost that the governess encounters at the house, a former bad boy and valet whose got his sights set on Miles from the afterlife.

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But lest you worry, it’s not just Nell and Luke coming back–Flanagan revealed on Twitter in August that Henry Thomas–who played the family patriarch Hugh Crain in Hill House–will return for Bly Manor, along with Kate Siegel, who played Theo. Siegel is also married to Flangan in real life (they even have a daughter named Theo, after her character) so her return felt inevitable, but it’s nice to have it confirmed.

The show is part of a new deal for Flanagan

The Haunting of Bly Manor also comes with the news that Mike Flanagan and his producing partner Trevor Macy have signed an exclusive deal with Netflix that will include more seasons of The Haunting and other new series. The pair previously worked together on the first season of The Haunting and on horror films like Oculus, Hush, the excellent Gerald’s Game, and the upcoming Doctor Sleep.

We can’t wait to see what the pair do next, and will have a close eye on any updates about The Haunting of Bly Manor.

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