The second season of the mega-hit tv series has been renewed by Netflix and it will be titled 'The Haunting of Bly Manor'.
Netflix's 'Haunting of Hill House' was one of the most talked about shows of 2018. So much so that even horror maestro Stephen King also chimed in to sing praises about the show.
And if you are among one of those people who is still obsessing over the show, then we have some good news for you. Netflix just announced that the show is coming back for Season 2!
The creator of the show, Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy signed multi-year deals with Netflix, and part of the deal includes a Season 2 renewal, reported Comicbook.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don't usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 17, 2018
The series now has been officially known as an anthology and Netflix also announced that season 2 will feature an all-new cast of characters.
In an announcement, Netflix said, "Flanagan and Macy will develop and produce new series exclusively for Netflix, including an all-new chapter in ‘The Haunting’ anthology, with the next instalment chronicling a new story with all new characters."
Sources have revealed that that the pact is for four or five years and worth in the low eight-figure range. Since it is going to be an anthology series, you will won't get to see the Crain family in the next season.
It is not known yet what can we expect from the second season of the franchise as Netflix is being very tight-lipped about everything, but they are very excited about the new project.
Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content at Netflix said, "Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats but unable to look away. We’re excited to continue our partnership with them on ‘The Haunting’ series and future projects to come.”
The next instalment of the Haunting anthology will feature an entirely new story with all new characters. The first season of 'Haunting of Hill House' was based on the novel written by Shirley Jackson and it told the frightening story of the Crain family as they lived in this haunted house.
The executive producers of the series were Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and it was written by Meredith Averill who is now co-running Hulu-turned-Netflix's take on the horror comic 'Locke & Key'. The first season debuted on October 12 and it received a lot of critical acclaim as well as recognition from the WGA among others.
A new Haunting is coming. Can you guess where it takes place? Listen closely... pic.twitter.com/vqzrd3z4NZ— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019
The season one starred Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas and Elizabeth Reaser. Flanagan and Macy are currently in post-production on 'Doctor Sleep', a feature film adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 follow-up to 'The Shining' and it stars Ewan McGregor.
Written and directed by Flanagan and produced by Macy, it is due to release in November from Warner Bros. The Netflix deal also extends Flanagan and Macy's relationship with the steaming platform, which includes the 2017 feature 'Gerald's Game' and in 2016, featured 'Hush' and 'Before I Wake'.
Flanagan and Macy said in a joint statement, "Netflix has been an important part of our story, and we're proud to have worked with them on The Haunting of Hill House, not to mention 'Gerald's Game', 'Hush', and 'Before I Wake'. They've enabled and supported a great deal of our work, and we look forward to much more."
The new story will feature all the new characters, but still, Flanagan may have offered a clue in Season 1 about how he'd turn the series into an anthology.
The pilot of the series includes a mysterious dialogue, "A ghost can be a lot of things — a memory, a daydream, a secret." Then the finale of the series included this dialogue, "Ghosts are guilt, ghosts are secrets, ghosts are regrets and failings. But most times, a ghost is a wish."
These words can offer a hint about potentially exploring ghost stories around the world and through time. A tweet was posted from the official account and in the video, a mysterious voice can be heard saying, "The terrace and the whole place, the lawn and the garden beyond it, all I could see of the park, were empty with a great emptiness."
You guessed it. The HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, a new chapter in the Haunting series based on the works of Henry James, is coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/nvhRBEfH2E— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) February 21, 2019
Also, the voice on the trailer is none other than Kate Siegel aka Theo Crain from the first season. If you google the quote, it's from the 1898 horror story 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James.
The novel follows the story of a governess at a mansion who eventually becomes convinced that the building is haunted. And if we learned anything from season 1, the setting will once again be extremely important.
The story is set to take place in a London county house named Bly Manor, hence season 2 will be officially known as 'The Haunting of Bly Manor'. Since we have to wait till 2020 for season 2 to grace our screens, all we can do right now is rewatch Season 1.