Move Over American Horror Story…
♦ Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Hush ), Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and Paramount TV are bringing a new series based on classic horror book and film The Haunting of Hill House to Netflix.
Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel is a classic of the genre, was a finalist for the National Book Award and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century. It has been filmed twice as The Haunting, with the original film rivalling the book as one of the classics of the genre, and has also been staged as a play.
Hill House is an eighty-year-old mansion built by long-deadHugh Crain – the building’s history encompasses suicide and other violent deaths.
Dr John Montague, an investigator, hopes to find scientific evidence of supernatural and rents Hill House for a summer and invites as guests people with past experiences of paranormal events: Eleanor Vance, a shy young woman who cares for her demanding invalid mother; Theodora, a flamboyant, artist; and Luke Sanderson, the heir to Hill House. And then bad stuff starts to happen…
And then the bad stuff starts to happen…
Jackson’s novel uses the relationships between what happens in the house and the characters’ psyches to create terror rather than horror, and elicit emotion by the reader, Flanagan’s plan is to reimagine the text for the modern day – which could be good, or bad. I know both novel and film both delivered the creeps to me back in the day.
Flanagan plans to “reimagine the text for the modern day” – which could be good, or bad. I know the novel and the film both delivered the creeps to me back in the day.
The 10-episode series marks the first scripted Netflix series for Amblin TV, whereas Paramount produced 13 Reasons Why and the upcoming Maniac, starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone for Netflix. Flanagan has past form with the streaming giant, directing Hush for them and about to helm Netflix’s upcoming film based on Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game, starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.
“Gerald’s Game has been my dream project for nearly 20 years,” Flanagan said of Gerald’s Game. “As a lifelong fan of Stephen King, it is a true honour to be trusted with this amazing material. I am deeply grateful to my longtime partner, Trevor Macy, and to my new partners at Netflix, for making this dream project a reality. This is one of the reasons I wanted to make movies in the first place.”