While many TV shows and movies have been delayed in 2020, The Haunting of Bly Manor won't be one of them. This is set to serve as the follow-up to 2018's The Haunting of Hill House, which proved to be a major success on Netflix. Director Mike Flanagan has returned for season 2 and promises that the streaming service will not push the show into 2021.
Mike Flanagan recently appeared on an episode of the ReelBlend podcast to discuss his latest movie, Doctor Sleep, in detail. At one point, the conversation turned to The Haunting of Bly Manor. Flanagan couldn't dish any more specific details, but the filmmaker said that he doesn't expect any delays, as they wrapped production before the shutdown. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I don't expect it to be delayed one bit. We didn't really miss a step, believe it or not. We had already wrapped before the whole... shutdown hit all the productions. We had a couple of weeks where we had to kind of figure out how to continue post remotely. But my post team also, you know, where I've been with now, my whole career, they cracked it real fast and we've been doing everything on these virtual sessions."
This echoes previous comments made by Mike Flanagan. Fortunately, the filmmaker and his team were able to continue the post-production process after the shutdown went into effect. The question now becomes, when will the show premiere? Netflix has yet to provide any sort of update officially. Be that as it may, Flanagan is confident that it will arrive later this year, with everything currently on schedule.
"I think Netflix, they haven't announced when it's coming out. They've got their own plan. But we've been jamming through post. It's been going great. It's definitely later this year. It's not going to get kicked off into 2021, or anything. Everything's on schedule."
Following the success of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix opted to turn the show into an anthology series. Season 2 will be taking on the 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The heralded tale is regarded as one of the all-time great ghost stories. The story centers on a governess arriving at an English country estate. She is tasked with taking care of two children, Miles and Flora. At first, things seem normal but terrifying events quickly start to unfold. The story has been adapted several times in the past, most recently in the movie The Turning, which was released earlier this year. Though, it served as a critical and commercial disappointment.
Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Catherine Parker, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith make up the cast. With any luck, we will be getting a trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor sooner rather than later. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via CinemaBlend.