Netflix is staying in the Mike Flanagan business as they have revealed his next series, Midnight Mass. This follows in the footsteps of Flanagan's highly successful The Haunting of Hill House, which went on to become a huge hit for the streaming service. Now, the full cast and additional details for the upcoming horror show have been revealed.
Zach Gilford (The Purge: Anarchy), Kate Siegel (The Haunting of Hill House) and Hamish Linklater (Legion) will lead the cast. Annabeth Gish (The X-Files), Michael Trucco (Hunter Killer), Samantha Sloyan (Grey's Anatomy), Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York), Rahul Abburi (Killer Ransom), Crystal Balint (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Matt Biedel (Altered Carbon), Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep), Rahul Kohli (Supergirl), Kristin Lehman (The Chronicles of Riddick), Robert Longstreet (Take Shelter) and Igby Rigney (Blue Bloods) round out the ensemble. Netflix provided a brief logline for Midnight Mass, which reads as follows.
"An isolated island community experiences miraculous events, and frightening omens, after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest."
Midnight Mass will begin filming this spring in Vancouver and will consist of seven episodes. The show hails from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy of Intrepid Pictures. Following the success of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix locked down Flanagan for a multi-year TV deal. Flanagan will direct all seven episodes of the show. For the time being, character names and details are being kept under wraps. So, while that is an impressive cast list that reunites Flanagan with several actors he's worked with in the past, it hasn't yet been revealed what they will be up to this time around.
Mike Flanagan has a long-standing good history with Netflix. The filmmaker also directed Hush, which was produced by Blumhouse and found a great deal of critical acclaim. Flanagan also directed the Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game for the streaming service, which was considered by many to be one of the best adaptations of the author's work to date. That led to The Haunting of Hill House, which was a runaway hit adaptation of the novel by Shirley Jackson. Netflix gave the green light to a second season, which will be titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, which has effectively turned it into a horror anthology series. Season 2 is based on the beloved 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
Most recently, Mike Flanagan helmed The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, which hit theaters last year. Unfortunately, despite finding a good deal of love from critics and horror fans, the movie was a disappointment at the box office. There is no word yet on when Midnight Mass will debut on the Netflix streaming service, but with production slated to begin later this year, sometime in 2021 seems reasonable. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available.