Author Christopher Pike's 1994 young adult novel The Midnight Club is set to become a television series for Netflix from the mastermind behind The Haunting of Hill House. Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong are teaming up to create the new Midnight Club series after also collaborating on the upcoming series The Haunting of Bly Manor for Netflix. Flanagan will also executive produce with Trevor Macy via Intrepid Pictures alongside Fong and Julia Bicknel. Also on board to co-write the new series are Elan Gale, James Flanagan, and Chinaka Hodge. Intrepid's Adam Fasullo will oversee the project.
With a recent post on Twitter, Mike Flanagan has since confirmed his involvement in the project, making it clear that he's coming in to the Netflix adaptation of The Midnight Club as a big fan of the source material. "I began brainstorming an adaptation of THE MIDNIGHT CLUB as a teenager, so this is a dream come true. It's an honor to introduce a new generation of young horror fans to the world of Christopher Pike," Flanagan notes in the tweet. For those who similarly remember getting into Pike's stories as young readers delving into the horror genre, that piece of news should sound particularly promising.
Written by Christopher Pike, The Midnight Club was first published in 1994. Set in a hospice for terminally ill teenagers and young adults called Rotterdam Home, the story follows a group of patients who gather at midnight to tell spooky stories. During their get-togethers, the members of the group agree that whoever becomes the first among them to die will have to somehow contact the others from beyond the grave. The intriguing concept should make for an interesting premise for a television series, and the Netflix adaptation will reportedly include elements of other literary works by Pike as well.
Flanagan is known for creating the horror series The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix, which premiered on the streaming service in 2018. The show turned out to be a big hit fo the network, prompting Netflix to order the sequel season The Haunting of Bly Manor. Leah Fong, who's developing The Midnight Club with Flanagan, serves as a writer for Bly Manor as well. Additionally, Flanagan is also known for directing big name horror flicks like Oculus, Hush, Gerald's Game, and Doctor Sleep. Very involved with all of his work, Flanagan is always writing and editing his own projects, and it seems that this will also be the case with The Midnight Club.
It appears Netflix feels they've struck gold with Mike Flanagan, as the filmmaker is involved in even more projects for the streaming juggernaut as well. He also created the upcoming Netflix series Midnight Mass, which is currently in the midst of production and will resume shooting once it's safe for the cast and crew to do so. Meanwhile, Fong also works as a writer for Apple's Amazing Stories. Let's hope their pairing will bring about great results for the Midnight Club series, but given what we've seen from them so far, the potential for the show to be great is certainly present. This news was first reported by Variety.