Mike Flanagan, the creator of The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Haunting of Bly Manor, has revealed what would make him return to create a third season.
The TV creator told his followers on social media back in December that he had no plans to create a new instalment in the anthology, but speaking with Entertainment Weekly, he explained what would be needed for a third series to happen.
“If the stars align in such a way that we decide to go back into the Haunting world, it would have to be so much on that track that we’ve set up,” Flanagan said.
“It would have to be with the right piece of IP [intellectual property], it would have to be with the right ghost-centric story, and it would have to really fit with Bly and Hill House.”
Both Hill House and Bly Manor were inspired by novels with gothic and horror elements. Producer Trevor Macy said one of the key unifying themes of the Haunting seasons is the question: “What is a ghost?”
The first season, Hill House, took its inspiration from Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name from the 1950s, which sees an investigator of the supernatural and three other characters move into a haunted house.
Bly Manor was inspired by Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, which tells the tale of a governess who believes the grounds of her estate are haunted.
“One of the things that defines the Haunting anthology for me is that both of them so far are about updating and riffing on existing classic literature,” Flanagan said. “Midnight Mass was always so original and important and personal, it just never felt like it was ever going to be a part of that universe.”
Midnight Mass follows a small community on an island who experience seemingly miraculous events, when a charismatic young priest arrives in the village.
Despite being entirely separate from the Haunting series, fans will see a number of familiar faces, including Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas, who each starred in both of the Haunting seasons.
Also appearing are Rahul Kohli and Alex Essoe from Bly Manor, and Annabeth Gish, Samantha Sloyan and Robert Longstreet from Hill House.
Midnight Mass will premiere on Netflix on September 24. The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor are streaming on Netflix now.
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