One of Netflix’s more anticipated upcoming projects is The Haunting of Bly Manor, the successor to The Haunting of Hill House. Bly Manor is set to be the second season of what director Mike Flanagan considers his haunted house seasonal anthology series. It’s set to adapt the James Henry story The Turn of the Screw, but according to Flanagan, it will also take inspiration from other haunted house stories. In fact, he stated that The Turn of the Screw is only “one of a dozen stories” involved with The Haunting of Bly Manor.
As he revealed in a new interview, Mike Flanagan revealed that there will be several new stories involved with The Haunting of Bly Manor in order to set it apart from other adaptations.
“The thing I have access to, that no other adaptation of The Turn of to the Screw has, is the rest of Henry James’ ghost stories. I get to use all of them,” Flanagan told GamesRadar. “The Turn of the Screw has been adapted so many times. We know how perfectly it fits into a feature film format. We’re doing a whole season of television. The Turn of the Screw is only one of a dozen stories that we’re telling. All Henry James; all thematically linked.”
He continued, explaining:
“I think of Turning of the Screw as the backbone of this season – the through line that carries us from beginning to end. But we get to go off into The Jolly Corner and The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, and so many other of these wonderful ghost stories that people haven’t seen adapted before. It’s all wrapped up in what seems to be familiar, but that familiarity goes away really early in the first episode. It says, ‘We’re off on a whole other road.’”
The Haunting of Bly Manor should premiere on Netflix sometime next year.
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