Fans of The Haunting of Hill House will by now already know we’re getting a second season! Instead of continuing with the Craine family and Hill House, Mike Flanagan will look to another classic ghost story to frighten subscribers worldwide. The Haunting of Bly Manor is already set to become one of the most exciting Originals that we expect to see in 2020. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming anthology series.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is the second season in the Netflix Original The Haunting anthology series. Bly Manor will be adapting the classic gothic literature novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. While Netflix did not release viewing figures for the first season, its popularity exploded and fast became one of the most watched shows on Netflix. Mike Flanagan is definitely cementing his place as one of the best Horror/Thriller directors of today. His fruitful relationship with Netflix is exciting for all horror fans subscribed to Netflix.
When Hill House finished many fans had been left wondering if we would ever see a second season. When it was finally announced we would see a subsequent season many fans were delighted and albeit expected the series to become an anthology. The story of the Craine family had concluded and with so many ghosts stories to adopt an anthology makes the most sense.
The Plot: The Haunting of Bly Manor
The basis of the plot will be taken from The Turn of The Screw by Henry James:
On a Christmas Eve night during a gathering a friends, ghost stories are being shared. One of the guests, Douglas begins to tell the tale of two children (Flora and Miles) and his sister’s governess. A handsome bachelor hired the governess to take care of his niece and nephew at his country home in Bly. When strange events transpire on within the manor and the grounds the governess soon becomes convinced the estate is haunted.
At the time of writing the plot for the adaptation is still unclear. With the original novella taking place in the 19th century it’s unclear if The Haunting of Bly Manor will take place in the 19th century or in modern day setting. Taking into consideration that Hill House was set in the modern day its likely Bly Manor may follow suit.
The Cast: The Haunting of Bly Manor
We don’t expect to see any members of the Craine family return but that’s not to say we won’t see actors return to take on new roles. Mike Flanagan has used the same actors and actresses multiple times in his career to which we fully expect some of these actors to return.
|Actor/Actress||Mike Flanagan Movie|
|Annebeth Gish||Before I Wake, The Haunting of Hill House|
|Carla Gugino||Gerald’s Game, The Haunting of Hill House|
|Catherine Parker||Absentia, The Haunting of Hill House|
|Courtney Bell||Absentia, Before I Wake, Occulus|
|Dave Levine||Absentia, Oculus|
|Doug Jones||Absentia, Ouija: Origin of Evil|
|Elizabeth Reaser||Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Haunting of Hill House|
|Henry Thomas||Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Haunting of Hill House,|
|Justin Gordon||Absentia, Before I Wake, Oculus,|
|Kate Siegel||Gerald’s Game, Hush, Occulus, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Haunting of Hill House|
|Lulu Wilson||Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Haunting of Hill House|
|Samantha Sloyan||Hush, The Haunting of Hill House|
Actress Victoria Pedretti has been confirmed to star in the lead role for The Haunting of Bly Manor. This was confirmed after the official Twitter account for the franchise released a video with Pedretti confirming her role for the second season.
Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx
— The Haunting of Hill House (@haunting) 28 June 2019
Pedretti will be portraying the character, Dani. Dani is the governess that is hired to take care of the two children that live in Bly Manor. We still don’t know if the series will be set in the 19th century or in the modern day.
What is The Turn of the Screw: The Haunting of Bly Manor
The Turn of the Screw is an iconic piece of literature in gothic fiction. Originally the story was serialized weekly in Collier’s Weekly magazine. The serialization ran from January 27th to April 16th and it wasn’t until later that year the story was published in the book The Two Magics. Henry James would later rework the novel for the New York Edition.
There have been numerous adaptations of the novella including that of films, TV, the stage and even an opera. The most famous of these adaptations would be the opera of The Turn of The Screw that was written by Benjamin Britton. 60 year later the iconic stage adaptation is still performed by ensembles in theatres across the world..
Its iconic status as a classic piece of literature has inspired many authors to write their own ghost stories.
Production Status: The Haunting of Bly Manor
With the confirmation of Victoria Pedretti’s role in the upcoming second season, production is likely to begin soon. We’ll hear more news and updates soon.
Photos: The Haunting of Bly Manor
There are currently no set or promotional photos for The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Fan Reaction: The Haunting of Bly Manor
So pumped for The Haunting of Bly Manor! The Turn of the Screw is excellent, and it’s nice to see novellas getting some love over on Netflix
— Lauren Coffin (@coffinesque) February 25, 2019
bitch, you think i can wait until 2020 for “the haunting of bly manor”? well, yes, it’s the only thing i can do what do you expect of me?
— m 🍑 (@sIeepyIesbian) February 26, 2019
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE HAS A SEASON 2 COMING BITCHNIM SO HYPED PHMYGODB I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. SEE YOU IN 2020 BLY MANOR pic.twitter.com/YZdWTQBU8b
— Alex ✨👯♂️ (@thehomohuman) February 22, 2019
Episode Count: The Haunting of Bly Manor
While confirmation is yet to be given we can safely assume The Haunting of Bly Manor will have 10 episodes. Each with a run time of roughly 50 to 60 minutes.
Trailer: The Haunting of Bly Manor
Netflix is yet to release a trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor. An announcement trailer was released by Netflix but instead here’s a rundown of the plot from The Turn of Screw. We don’t expect the video below to be spoiler heavy for the upcoming series as Hill House was significantly different from the novel it was based upon.
Once a teaser/trailer has been released we’ll update the article.
Release Date: The Haunting of Bly Manor
Alongside the announcement of the season’s title, it has been confirmed that The Haunting of Bly Manor will arrive in 2020. Which month that shall be is up for debate.
From the beginning of production to the release date of The Haunting of Hill House took one year. Assuming the production of Bly Manor takes the same length of time as Hill House from the date production begins to add 12 months to the date. Considering the show is a Horror/Thriller series we could potentially see another October release date to coincide with Halloween.
The original serialization of The Turn of the Screw ended on April 16th, 1898 so perhaps we may see an April release date as a tribute. Again this is merely speculation but once we know when production has begun we will update the article accordingly.
Potential Release Date: Spring 2020 or October 2020
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