One of the surprise television debuts this year has been Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House adapting Shirley Jackson's acclaimed horror novel of the same name across ten episodes.
Developed for television by Mike Flanagan (Oculus), who also produced, directed, and wrote the series, has responded to what to expect from a potential second season for the horror show after its rather definitive ending.
"I don’t want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one," revealed Flanagan in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "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. But to me, 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."
Following the Crain family returning to the eponymous haunted house to face old demons after enduring a loss at the mansion in 1992, the acclaimed series was an exploration of familial grief within a chilling ghost story. Despite the ten episodes closing out the story of the family, Flanagan admitted there are other directions for the series to go should it continue.
"I think more than anything, the show is about haunted places and haunted people," observed Flanagan. "There’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House."
Based on the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name and developed for television by Mike Flanagan, The Haunting of Hill House stars Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Timothy Hutton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Lulu Wilson, Victoria Pedretti, Mckenna Grace, Violet McGraw, Paxton Singleton, Julian Hilliard, and Annabeth Gish. The series is now available on Netflix.