Netflix has revealed the setting and title for The Haunting of Hill House season 2. The streaming service recently announced that the series would be coming back for another go around of horrifying paranormal happenings. However, the idea is to take the series in an anthology direction, meaning that season 2 will focus on an entirely new cast of characters and will tell a new story. This time around, Mike Flanagan is set to tell one of the most classic ghost tales in the history of literature.
Season 2 of the horror anthology series is officially titled The Haunting of Bly Manor. Netflix initially teased fans by releasing a brief teaser for the new season that didn't actually reveal the title. It just featured some whispery, creepy voices in the background and, per a tweet from the show's official account, there was enough information provided in that teaser to decipher the location of the new season.
"A new Haunting is coming. Can you guess where it takes place? Listen closely..."
They didn't make everyone wait too long, as they revealed the official title shortly thereafter. Series co-creator Mike Flanagan, who previously directed movies such as Hush and Gerald's Game for Netflix, is coming back for season 2 alongside his creative partner Trevor Macy. This comes as part of a new overall deal they've signed with Netflix to produce content exclusively for the streaming service. Elsewhere, Flanagan is finishing up work on his sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, which is set to hit theaters later this year. Flanagan directed all ten episodes of The Haunting of Hill House, an adaptation of the classic Shirley Jackson novel. Whether or not he will do the same for the upcoming season remains to be seen.
The Haunting of Bly Manor will serve as an adaptation of the classic 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The story has widely been praised as one of the best ghost stories in literature. The story begins when a governess arrives at an English country estate to look after ten-year-old Miles, and eight-year-old Flora At first, everything seems to be normal but events gradually begin to unfold, weaving an unsettling web of psychological terror. The story is largely told via narration from the governess and it takes place almost entirely at the large, old mansion. The novel has been adapted several times previously, such as in the 1961 movie The Innocents, and the 2009 BBC TV movie.
No casting details have been revealed at this time. Netflix has very cagey about revealing actual ratings or streaming numbers of any kind, but The Haunting of Hill House proved to be a massive critical success for the streaming service and, clearly, it was rather popular as well. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on The Haunting of Bly Manor are revealed. Be sure to check out the first teaser from The Haunting of Hill House Twitter account below.