Netflix Orders ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Horror Series with Strong Director

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A new horror series is heading to Netflix.

An untitled adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic ’59 novel The Haunting of Hill House has been given a 10-episode straight-to-series order by the streaming giant.

According to Deadline, the series comes from horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan, known for Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil and his Netflix-distributed film Hush. The project was initially put together by Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, with Flanagan on board as writer, director and executive producer. The rights made their to Paramount TV and then a pitch was crafted and taken to Netflix, where it was given a straight-to-series order.

Jackson’s novel is considered to be one of the finest horror works in literature and has been adapted for the screen twice before: 1963’s The Haunting, directed by Robert Wise, and 1999’s The Haunting (pictured above), directed by Jan de Bont.

As Amazon‘s synopsis reads:

It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Flanagan has been locking in a number of projects in the last few years. Also up next for the filmmaker is Gerald’s Game, a horror-thriller based on the novel by Stephen King. That one’s expected to drop sometime this year.

Stay tuned.

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