Netflix is currently in the early stages of development for the adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House. Shirley Jackson’s horror novel is considered one of the best horror stories of the 20th century and has already been adapted into feature films in 1963 and 1999.
For a long time, Americans loved a good scare with horror stories permeating both film and literature. But with the changing times, the medium in which the masses can get their next horror fix needs to adapt as well.
Netflix has been the leader in online streaming, a medium that has become a necessity in our fast-paced lifestyle. The service has already achieved much success over the past few years with a mixture of films, TV shows, and original series.
Some of their original series have had a profound impact on viewers. Shows such as Making a Murderer have even rallied support to the real-life subject of the documentary.
The Haunting On Hill House Plot
Now Netflix is betting on an adaptation of Jackson’s 1959 classic novel The Haunting of Hill House. The story is about four people who stayed in a supposedly haunted house in the hopes of proving that the supernatural is real, reports Screen Rant.
The novel was originally adapted into a feature film the first of which was released in 1963. The Haunting stayed true to its source material and received moderate success.
The second adaptation opted for a more “family friendly” approach when it was released in 1999. Unlike the source material, the film disposed of the supernatural aspects of the show and instead blamed the mayhem and death to another worldly force. The film was also not forthcoming on whether the events were real or just the overactive imagination of a mentally deranged woman.
The online streaming service is planning a 10-episode series with writer-director Mike Flanagan. Flanagan himself is no stranger to the horror genre having directed a number of horror films including Absentia, Oculus, Hush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Flanagan will serve as executive producer for the series along with Trevor Macy, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank. According to Variety, Amblin TV and Paramount TV will produce the series for Netflix.
Flanagan and Macy previously worked with each other in Oculus and Hush. The duo is also currently working on another Netflix film adaptation Gerald’s Game. The film is based on a novel by Stephen King of the same name and stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.
Netflix Has Been Home Of Horror Flicks
This is certainly not first for Netflix who has released several well-received horror series and films. Their series Stranger Things received a positive reception from both critics and viewers when it was released last year. The series is already slated for a second season to be released on Halloween this year.
The second season for their anthology series Black Mirror was also released just recently. The series delves into the many and sometimes dark ways modern technology impacts our lives.
Hemlock Grove revolves around the supernatural things that happen in the titular fictional Pennsylvania town. The series aired for a total of three seasons and starred Famke Jannsen.
The Haunting of Hill House is still currently in development and details regarding the cast and plot are yet to be revealed. Whether Netflix opts to stay true to Jackson’s work or re-imagine the series to suit today’s audience is also unclear.
However, based on the recent success of the streaming service’s original series, the 10-episode project will likely enjoy success. With horror genre veteran Mike Flanagan on the helm, this is almost guaranteed. For now, be on the lookout for additional information on the series.
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