“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 morning, Netflix dropped the big reveal that Mike Flanagan’s “The Haunting of Hill House” will become an anthology series going forward, with the second season set to be titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor.“ It’ll premiere in 2020, centered on all new characters in an all new location, as this time Flanagan adapts an entirely different horror novel.
While the first season adapted Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic novel The Haunting of Hill House, next year’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor” will adapt Henry James’ equally iconic The Turn of the Screw, a horror novella published in 1898. “The novella focuses on a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate, becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted.”
Oddly enough, it’s far from the only Turn of the Screw adaptation coming soon.
Most notably, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment (and this is interesting because Amblin Televison produces Netflix’s “The Haunting”) will be releasing their horror film titled The Turning on January 24, 2020, which will presumably be arriving *before* “The Haunting of Bly Manor” kicks off. Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince and Mackenzie Davis lead the cast, directed by Floria Sigismondi. Jade Bartlett wrote the most recent draft from Chad and Carey Hayes’ (House of Wax, The Conjuring 2) original script.
In the film, being released by Universal, “A young woman hired as the nanny to two orphans is convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted.”
Additionally, it was announced in late 2018 that Freeform is developing a small screen adaptation of James’ novel, simply titled “Turn of the Screw.“ Deadline broke the news back in December, describing the Freeform series as “a fresh modern spin” from Alexandra McNally (“Under the Dome”), Josh Berman (“CSI”) and Sony Pictures Television.
“A twisty Gothic soap reimagined for modern times, the series will follow Elena, a Mexican-American nanny who is hired to care for the two children of a widowed-father at their summer home on idyllic Bainbridge Island. It seems like the perfect job with potential for a ‘happily ever after’ ending, but things take a sinister turn when Elena begins seeing ghosts and her grip on what is real and what is not blurs.”
Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which Stephen King named one of “the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years” in his Danse Macabre – the other novel, funny enough, was Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House! – has of course been adapted in the past, as operas, plays, ballets and films including 1961 movie The Innocents and the BBC’s 2009 TV movie The Turn of the Screw, which starred Dan Stevens (The Guest).
Needless to say, if you’ve never read The Turn of the Screw, there’s never been a better time to do so than right now. So pick up a copy, turn off the lights, and get ready to get spooked!