The adaptation of Netflix's The obsession of Hill House Last year, the streaming giant announced its intention to create a second season, or more accurately a second edition of what is now a series of anthologies of horror. Deadline Hollywood reports that The obsession of the manor of Bly will fit the classic story of Henry James's ghosts, The turn of the screw, which looks a lot like the psychological gothic horror of the classic Shirley Jackson tale on which Season 1 was founded.
The obsession of Hill House shared first place in the Ars 2018 list of our favorite TV shows with the BBC Kill Eve. We enjoyed the inventive reinvention of Jackson's novel by Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, both a ghostly ghost story and a thorough examination of family dysfunction. And yet, he remained true to the tone and spirit of the original, aided by dialogue, narration and other small details of the source. It is no wonder that she has been nominated for the awards of her film editors, Writers Guild of America and Art Directors Guild.
Rumors of a possible second season began to swirl shortly after the start of the series. Flanagan has finally confirmed his intention to turn it into a series of anthologies of horror, with a whole new story of ghosts and new characters. (He said in an interview with Weekly entertainment that Crain family featured in Hill House had suffered enough.)
The turn of the screw, serialized in Necklace & # 39; s Weekly In 1898, tells the story of a housekeeper engaged by her uncle absent to care for two orphaned children in his country house in Essex, Bly. (Warning: the 121-year-old spoilers are in front.) Shortly after arriving, the housekeeper sees men and women she suspects are spirits. She learns from the sinister housewife that her predecessor, Miss Jessel, had an affair with another servant, Peter Quint, and that both died. They also seemed to have had an unhealthy attachment to the children, Flora and Miles, and the housekeeper suspected the children could also see the ghosts. Since it's Henry James, everything ends in a tragedy.
Scholars and literary critics have been debating the news since it was first published, as James was deliberately ambiguous about whether the housekeeper was seeing real ghosts or was just getting crazy and imagining them. This debate deferred to the adaptation of the 1961 British film, Innocents, featuring Deborah Kerr – probably the best of the many storytelling versions adapted to various media. The screenwriter, William Archibald, assumed that the ghosts were real; the director, Jack Clayton, preferred to remain faithful to the initial ambiguity of James.
It's far too early to know more about how Flanagan and Macy will approach the material, but judging by their fantastic Hill House adaptation, they can fall on the side of the debate "ghosts are real". But I am convinced that they can also do justice to the psychological complexity and many sub-texts of James' novel, leaving just a little ambiguity to provoke the viewer.
Netflix clearly shares this confidence because The obsession of Bly House is part of a larger deal to produce original movies and series. Flanagan and Macy are currently in post-production on Sleep doctor, an adaptation of Stephen King's follow-up in 2013 to The brilliant. "Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy know how to create genuinely scary stories that leave the public on the edge of their seat, but are unable to look away," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content, told Deadline Hollywood. "We are delighted to continue our partnership with them on The haunting upcoming series and projects. "