Creator Mike Flanagan also said that the much-anticipated second season is also going to be much more frightening.
After the roaring success of 'Haunting of Hill House', fans are very much eagerly waiting for the first season to drop. In a conversation with The Wrap, the director of 'Haunting of Hill House', Mile Flanagan said, "I don’t know the date but, you know, I left the set to come here. It’s probably Halloween again if I had to guess. You’re going to like it. It’s cool!”
Flanagan also confirmed last month that the much-anticipated second season was officially in production. "Today is the second day of production on THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Feeling very grateful to be here," he tweeted on October 1.
You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) 21 February 2019
The first season of this Netflix Original show aired on October 12, 2018, and was met with a lot of critical praise. The show was a television adaptation o Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name and it holds a solid 93 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating from the critics and 91 percent approval rating from the audience.
'The Haunting of Hill House' also became one of the most binge-watched shows of Netflix in 2018.
The Haunting of Bly Manor will do more than simply adapt Turn of the Screw https://t.co/JHjHm5T1xR— JoBlo.com (@joblocom) 7 November 2019
Hence it did not come as a surprise when Netflix announced that the series has been renewed for a second season in February. During the announcement, an official release date was not announced but the showrunners did mention that the second season will air sometime around 2020.
Along with the announcement, it was also revealed that show creators Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix. The second season will pick up a brand new story and it will also see the series being transformed into an anthology.
The latest season of 'The Haunting of Hill House' will focus on a different story that is adapted from Henry James' novella 'The Turn of the Screw'. It follows the story of a young governess who is hired to babysit two children at an old country mansion in England that is named Bly. As the story progresses, she realizes that the manor is haunted.
'The Haunting of Bly Manor' will see Mike Flanagan returning to direct the show and a few cast members from 'The Haunting of Hill House' like Victoria Pedretti, who will play the role of the Governess Dani, Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the role of a charming young man called Peter Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, and Catherine Parker are all making a comeback.
In a conversation with Birth.Death.Movies., Flanagan said that “there are going to be other familiar actors from season one.” In a separate conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Flanagan promised the fans of the show that the second season is going to be spookier. He said, "It’s scarier. It’s a lot more frightening, just on a visceral level.”
The Haunting of Bly Manor is going to be scarier than Hill House?!? I don’t think my heart can take it.— Grace Marryat (@gracefull0) 7 November 2019
When asked about the new season, Flanagan added, "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 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."
"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 Haunting of Bly Manor will be even scarier than Hill House! https://t.co/VbzCtWIjS6— Netflix Life (@NetflixLifee) 6 November 2019
He continued, "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. There are definitely going to be things that will set off that little dopamine rush that those kinds of connections create. But it’s not a direct connection from a story point of view.”