After working on the big screen likes of Oculus, Before I Wake and the more recent Ouija: Origin Of Evil, writer/director Mike Flanagan is bringing his genre talents to TV. Netflix has handed him a 10-episode straight-to-series order for an untitled horror show that will re-imagine and update Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 horror tome The Haunting Of Hill House.
The book has been adapted twice before, both times for cinemas, in 1963 and 1999, where it was always just called The Haunting. A tale of one particularly spooky residence, the story finds four strangers spending time overnight in the titular house – a supernatural investigator, a shy young woman, a boisterous artist and the young man who is heir to the place. All have some history with the paranormal, but none of them are prepared for the terrifying events that occur...
This new series comes courtesy of Amblin TV and Paramount TV, with Flanagan and producing partner Trevor Macy aboard to handle the adaptation. The project was sold to Netflix for development, and is now going ahead.
Netflix has form with Flanagan: it gave the director and regular writing collaborator Jeff Howard the chance to finally adapt Stephen King's book Gerald's Game for the streaming service, and that will arrive this year.