Mike Flanagan, director of the hit horror Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, has been discussing his potential plans to follow it up.
The television series, created by Flanagan and based on the 1959 novel of the same name written by Shirley Jackson, has become a major hit as even iconic horror author Steven King couldn’t hold back his admiration. The first season, which was released earlier this month, consists of ten episodes telling the story of five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.
Based in the summer of 1992, the five children and their parents Hugh and Olivia Crain, experience a series of paranormal occurrences and tragic loss. Flipping between the past and the present, the family reunite in 2018, 26 years after the hauntings, and face their “inner demons”.
When quizzed about how he intends to follow-up on his success, Flanagan conceded that Crain family story is finished. However, he was quick to hint at plans to follow the trend and said he “loves the idea of an anthology”.
“I don’t want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one,” Flanagan said in an interview withEntertainment Weekly. “What I will say, though, is that as far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well.”
He added: “I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”
Detailing slightly more, Flanagan did say that he was still held hopes for season two. “The show is about haunted places and haunted people… and there’s no shortage of either,” he said.
“So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House.”