The next season of The Haunting of Hill House is coming to Netflix, and the creator says it will be even scarier than the first. Like Hill House, Creator Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game) will be adapting literary works for the second season The Haunting of Bly Manor. Whereas Hill House pulled from Shirley Jackson's novel by the same name, Bly Manor will draw from multiple works by author Henry James including the novella The Turn of the Screw.

The creator hopes that the choice to draw from multiple ghost stories will remove some of the restraints of the first season and allow him to expand on some of its best elements. The This Is Us-with-horror series is praised by both critics and viewers because its unique structure made it a favorite of horror and non-horror fans alike. Mike Flanagan hopes to keep the next story just as universal.

"For Henry James fans, it's going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren't familiar with his work, it's going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it's much scarier than season one, so I'm very excited about it."

The family drama of Hill House was told through a disjointed timeline, multiple perspectives and a captivating aesthetics. The writer/director confirms he will "absolutely, 100 percent" maintain the use of practical effects for Bly Manor because it is, "part of the DNA of The Haunting." The "old-school approach to ghosts," kept each episode of Hill House different from the last.

Tracking shots through the halls and expertly choreographed long takes gave the Netflix series an edge over some of the more CGI or gore reliant ghost flicks. Luckily, Flanagan knows this and is having fun with ideas about "hidden ghosts" and how to "find new gears for them."

"It'll be the same type of story, and we'll treat the ghosts very much the same way."

Like most good anthologies, some of the first season's cast members will be carrying over as well. Bly Manor will star Victoria Pedretti as the governess Dani, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen is also returning. Pedretti and Jackson-Cohen played the tragic twins Luke and Nell in season one.

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Without revealing any more names, Flanagan promises more returning actors, one of which is likely to be his creative partner and wife Kate Siegel who played Theo in Hill House. The creator also has "quite a few candidates" for new faces to the franchise but no one else has been formally cast yet.

Soon, fans will get to see another literary adaptation from the horror creator. He's leading the highly-anticipated The Shining follow up, Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, which hits theaters on November 8. Flanagan's leaving the door open for more King in his future.

"I've been talking to Stephen King a lot about what we might want to do together after this, so we'll see how it goes."

After Bly Manor, Flanagan will continue his relationship with Netflix for an original project. Midnight Mass is a limited series about a young priest that sees a series of unusual events-"both miraculous and frightening" after arriving at a small town. Until then, The Haunting of Bly Manor will premiere in 2020 on Netflix. This news was first reported on by Birth Movies Death.

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