It looks like the ghosts of Netflix’s Bly Manor have been laid to rest, for the time being at least, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Following the success of Mike Flanagan’s 2018 take on the Shirly Jackson novel The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix agreed a multi-year deal with him and producing partner Trevor Macy. Possibly also inspired by the success of FX’s anthology series American Horror Story, the deal included an anthology series using the Hill House format – and so The Haunting Of Bly Manor was born. Bly Manor, like Hill House, is a house with a history that unfolds over the season.
Hill House alumni Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, and Katie Parker returned to don the suits of different characters for the Bly Manor season. However, following the completion of the Bly Manor story, it looks very much like there are currently no plans to follow up with another chapter.
In reply to a question on Twitter about whether there were any more Haunting Of chapters due, Flanagan tweeted last Wednesday that for now Intrepid Pictures were concentrating on other projects.
“At the moment there are no plans for more chapters,” he tweeted. “Never say never, of course, but right now we are focused on a full slate of other @intrepid projects for 2021 and beyond. If things change we will absolutely let everyone know!”
At the moment there are no plans for more chapters. Never say never, of course, but right now we are focused on a full slate of other @intrepid projects for 2021 and beyond. If things change we will absolutely let everyone know! https://t.co/WkkSwsnFlm
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) December 23, 2020
Flanagan and Macy told Entertainment Weekly they are interested in exploring the definition of what a ghost is, should they return to the Haunting stories.
“A ghost is an impact from the past on the present in every ghost story. That’s all it really is, no matter how you dress it up,” Flanagan said. “A ghost is simply an element of the past that refuses to live in the past and instead just encroaches upon the present so that it alters the present. It changes the trajectory of the person who is experiencing that little piece of the past… That link between memory and ghosts and between ghosts and the past, that is the lifeblood of the show.”
So for now it looks like there won’t be any further Hauntings, but who knows what might be lurking in the shadows of the future…
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