Even though season one brought the story of the unfortunate Crain’s to a satisfying result, legions of ghost-loving adrenaline junkies needed more from the show’s producers.
Despite the” stress associated with a sequel, showrunner Mike Flanagan has come out rocking with his predictions for season two. It has already been revealed that the new season is titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” and will take motivation from Henry James’ much-loved novella “Turn of the Screw.” Still, Flanagan has gone even further in offering fans a feeling of what is to come.
“It’s scarier”, told Flanagan, per Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a lot more frightening, just on a visceral level.”
“It’s going great,” Flanagan also said. “We’re about a third of the way through. It’s such a treat to play in the world of Henry James. It’s a whole different vibe from Shirley Jackson. Turn of the Screw is kind of the backbone of the season. But that’s been adapted so many times, and so well, like in the case of The Innocents and others. There’s a new adaptation coming out in like a few weeks. You can skip rocks off of The Turn of the Screw. So, we were able to open up his entire library of ghost stories, stuff that’s never been adapted, and build the whole season out with the entirety of Henry James’ supernatural library. And that has been a real treat, because we really get to do things that I’ve never gotten to see before. Turn of the Screw is really just our way in.”
Mike Flanagan has confirmed that the next season will also rely on the attempted and tested formula of practical scares, something that both he and the team feel very excited about. In another interview, he said:
“That’s part of the DNA of ‘The Haunting’ for me – that old-school approach to the ghosts. In particular, we’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season one about hidden ghosts and things like that, and find new gears for them this time. It’ll be the same type of story, and we’ll treat the ghosts very much the same way.”
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