While it’s early days to get updates for the next “season” of the anthology, we know what showrunner Mike Flanagan is working on and the renewal status of the show on Netflix.
Here’s everything we know about part three of the Haunting anthology.
Flanagan confirmed to Entertainment Weekly on October 12th that the third season is not yet in active development.
Prepare to be patient: it took Bly Manor two years to get to Hill House in 2018, and according to Flanagan’s hectic schedule, it could be even longer for the next installment.
Flanagan tweeted in August as the first day of production of his current Netflix project Midnight Mass began. Set in a remote island community, the horror series is slated to hit Netflix in 2021 and features Kate Siegel, who played Theo and Viola at Hill House and Bly Manor.
But at least you will be surprised by Flanagan’s next project: Revival, a Warner Bros. adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. It could be darker, with issues like addiction and the afterlife. There’s no production start date yet, but it will likely start sometime in 2021 after Flanagan finishes off Midnight Mass.
Flanagan has signed a deal with Netflix to develop multiple projects, so a third installment of Haunting should be on the way. However, production might not start until 2022.
The timing could also depend on Flanagan’s directorial duties. While Flanagan is staging all of the Midnight Mass episodes, it has not yet been announced whether he will be staging Revival in 2021. Failure to do so could set him free for season 3 of the Haunting.
We can also add his season 3 directing to the timing speculation: Flanagan directed all of the Hill House episodes, but only the first one of Bly Manor.
Season 3 Netflix Renewal Status
As of October 11th, the official Netflix renewal status for the third season of Haunting will be: Pending.
Don’t panic: Netflix renewed The Haunting of Hill House four months after it was released, and Bly Manor topped Netflix’s most-watched US show chart.
What is season 3 based on?
Each part of the Haunting anthology is a reinterpretation of a famous ghost story. Hill House is based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, and Bly Manor is based on ghost stories by Henry James, including the 1898 novella The Turn of The Screw.
What ghost story will Flanagan adjust next? He doesn’t know yet, but just like the first two installments, he’ll keep exploring what it means to be a ghost.
“A ghost is an influence of the past on the present in any ghost story,” Flanagan told EW in October. “That’s all it really is, no matter how you put it on. A ghost is simply an element of the past that refuses to live in the past and instead just interferes with the present, changing the present. It changes the trajectory of the person experiencing this little piece of the past … That connection between memory and ghosts and between ghosts and the past, that’s the elixir of life of the show. “
“I have a feeling that there is no shortage of ghosts in the world for any of us,” he continued. “So if we could find a common language to talk about them with, then we always strive to do so in this or beyond, if so.”
If the Haunting anthology takes the path of American horror history, the cast will continue to be used for different roles in the unconnected story of each season.
Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas played roles at both Hill House and Bly Manor, so there’s a good chance Flanagan will continue to work with them.
But it’s too early to say.
“I really don’t know about future seasons,” Pedretti, who played Hill House’s Nell and Bly Manor’s au pair Dani Clayton, told The Wrap in October.
Jackson-Cohen, who played Luke from Hill House and Peter Quint from Bly Manor, said he would love to work with Flanagan again.
“I think it’s one of those people who, if Bly Manor does well, will have conversations with Netflix going on,” he told The Wrap. “But it’s all up to Mike and all of the ideas he has up his sleeve. But I think we’d all definitely work with him again if the opportunity arises. But there really isn’t anything concrete right now.”
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