Mike Flanagan to Direct The Haunting TV Series for Netflix


After the relative success of last year’s Hush, it looks like horror director Mike Flanagan is getting ready to team up with Netflix again… this time for a longer form project. He is reportedly in the process of setting up a TV series that is described as a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House. This story served as the basis for the 1963 film The Haunting and the less well-received 1999 remake, but we can probably assume this version will draw even more from the original source material. The project was set up at Amblin TV and Paramount Television, who then sold it to Netflix. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Netflix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled horror series based on The Haunting of Hill House. The story revolves around a paranormal investigator who rents an abandoned 80-year-old mansion for the summer and brings with him some guests in order to determine if it is truly haunted. Mike Flanagan will write, direct and executive produce along with his producing partner, Trevor Macy.

Flanagan’s previous films include Oculus, Before I Wake, and Ouija: Origin of Evil, but he got his start as an editor working in television. There have been quite a few recent TV shows that have expanded on well-known horror movies including Bates Motel, Hannibal, Scream and The Exorcist with several more currently in the works. Based on Flanagan’s track record, it sounds like this has potential although whether the story can support a full 10 episodes (and potentially more beyond that) remains to be seen. Would you watch a TV version of The Haunting?

  • Lori Cerny

    “… and whatever walked there… walked alone.”

    Ooooh, this should be good as a mini-series. Hope they get Eleanor right instead of some Disney-channel castoff.

  • frankw35

    The novel was 200 pages, the (original and only one that counts) movie was under two hours. I hope it works but I can’t imagine sustaining suspense and horror over the length of a miniseries.