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Netflix Bombshell: Mike Flanagan Directing “The Haunting of Hill House” Series!

Netflix just dropped a huge bomb this morning, announcing that they have given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled horror drama series from genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Hush), Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and Paramount TV.

Deadline reports that the project is a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”, considered one of the best ghost stories of the 20th century. “The Haunting of Hill House” has been adapted to the screen twice as the 1963 and 1999 features, both titled The Haunting.

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. (Amazon)

It originated with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, fans of the book, who tracked its rights to Paramount Television. Flanagan was tapped to write, direct and executive produce and his producing partner, Trevor Macy, to executive produce a potential TV series adaptation. The pitch was sold to Netflix for development, which led to the straight-to-series order. Frank and Falvey also executive produce.



  • Simon Allen

    He is absolutely a perfect fit for this and at the same time he gets the chance to make up for the terrible Ouija – Origin of Evil …which spoilt his track record of pretty interesting movies .

    • 1EyeJack

      Are you forgetting Absentia? Blecchhh. That one was much worse than Ouija OOE. But because Occulus was so good I am in for this new series!

      • Simon Allen

        Oh Lordy yes i did forget that one ….the one where someone went up a passage and never came back ….enthralling !!!

  • Khy

    I want to marry Netflix. They just slayed me with 13 Reasons Why, Iron Fist, The Get Down and now THIS? HAIL NETFLIX

    • Alanmac

      And 14 brand new MST3K episodes this Friday!!!!!

    • Simon Allen

      And bless them for Grace and Frankie too !!!!

      • Khy

        Gotta check that out- Heard a lot of great things!

        • Simon Allen

          Well worth it .

  • Graham

    So here for this. I always liked both movies (though I admit fully that the remake is terrible and my fondness for it is solely based on the fact that it was one of the first horror movies I saw), and I think there is still great potential to adapt the novel yet again.

    • Biscoito18

      One of the first horror film I saw too! I was so scared by that moving cherub statues. It holds a special place in my heart.

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  • Khy

    And I LOVE The Haunting 99. I will defend it til the very end.

    • jv

      that movie was pure crap!

    • CalUni

      Me too! It is fun and nobody is going to convince me otherwise.

    • Carlton Fisher

      It was a fun movie, and I liked the set pieces in it, but it was a terrible adaptation–it had almost nothing to do with the book after about the first quarter. I can appreciate it as its own thing, but not as an actual version of Jackson’s novel, which is perfect in and of itself. I really hope they turn in a good adaptation.

    • Simon Allen

      Ah Jan De Bont bless him …..always knew how to make a big fascinating mess .

  • Modok

    Not sure how they’ll make a series out of this, but Flanagan’s a great choice. Oculus is one of my favorite horror movies of the decade, and he worked wonders with the garbage the first Ouija left to him.

    Also, that 1999 version was an abomination. That was perhaps the first time I realized CGI can’t make any movie better.

  • Blue_Seven

    He’s 3 for 3 so far and this is a great book for a filmmaker with his sensibilities to work with. Color me stoked.

  • Saturn

    The (original) Haunting is one of my favourite horror movies, which I always forget to drop into conversation – great old movie which seemed to have been an influence for Sam Raimi.

    I’ll look forward to the show.

  • Matt Graupman

    Mike Flanagan? I’m sold.

  • Biscoito18

    Mike Flanagan has never disappointed me. Even his Ouija was interesting to me. I love Oculus, Hush and Before I wake. This suits him perfectly and I’m sure he will do a great job.

    • I agree.

    • J Jett

      i completely love BEFORE I WAKE! it seems there are aren’t many of us who like/love that movie. 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        A “horror” movie with that oh so rare thing ….a story you could emotionally invest in .

  • J Jett

    i know (it seems) i’m in the minority here but i LOVE Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE. i’m looking forward to this new show from him! oh and is anyone else sick of seeing those eczema pill ads that have HUSH’s lead actress Kate Siegel in them? they run non-stop. LOL.

    • 1EyeJack

      Hi Jett, The only reason you are the minority here is because no one else has seen Before I Wake yet. I’ve been waiting a long time to catch it. Where/what is your source?

      • Biscoito18

        Here in Brazil it was already launched in dvd named “O Sono da Morte”. Something like “The sleep of death”.

    • Simon Allen

      Thank god we don’t get those ads in the UK ….and she’s a stunning actress and deserves to be huge …i hope Flanagan uses her in “haunted”.

  • Daniel Anderson

    Loved HUSH. but the other two I don’t recall caring much more. Not that I disliked them, merely indifferent. I’ll be looking forward to this series though.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    I enjoyed Oculus,
    of course Karen Gillan goes a long way

    I’ll probably go ahead and skip another remake

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