The Haunting of Hill House creator has finally revealed details about season 2 of the popular Netflix show.
Season 2 will be known as The Haunting of Bly Manor and will supposedly be “scarier” than the first season. Mike Flanagan told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s scarier. It’s a lot more frightening, just on a visceral level.”
The Haunting of Hill House was a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name. While The Haunting of Bly Manor will take inspiration from the ghost stories of Henry James and will be mainly based on his story Turn of the Screw.
Mike Flanagan also added about the production process, “It’s going great. We’re about a third of the way through. It’s such a treat to play in the world of Henry James. It’s a whole different vibe from Shirley Jackson. Turn of the Screw is kind of the backbone of the season. But that’s been adapted so many times, and so well, like in the case of the The Innocents and others. There’s a new adaptation coming out in like a few weeks. You can skip rocks off of The Turn of the Screw.”
Adding further, “So, we were able to open up his entire library of ghost stories, stuff that’s never been adapted, and build the whole season out with the entirety of Henry James’ supernatural library. And that has been a real treat, because we really get to do things that I’ve never gotten to see before. Turn of the Screw is really just our way in.”
The 41-year-old horror filmmaker also answered queries about whether the two seasons will be linked narratively. He said, “There’s not a narrative connection, but there are little Easter eggs, for sure, not only in small details but in moments of dialogue and in some of the ideas from Hill House.”
Further saying, “There are definitely going to be things that will set off that little dopamine rush that those kind of connections create. But it’s not a direct connection from a story point of view.”
Moreover, some characters from The Haunting of Hill House will also be starring in season 2. However, they will have completely different roles. Henry Thomas (Hugh Crain), Victoria Pedretti (Eleanor “Nell” Crain) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain) will be returning for Bly Manor.
The Haunting of Bly Manor will release in 2020.
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