One of the (many, many) good things coming in 2020: The second season of hit Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House. While it feels like forever since we've had a good scare dealing with the Crain family's antics, we're getting closer to revisiting our favorite dysfunctional, haunted group of actors. (Well, some of them—more on that in a minute.)
When the show dropped on Netflix in October of 2018, it was an instant hit. Critics praised it for "blending incredibly smart family drama with some of the most terrifying imagery you’ve seen in a very long time" and serving as "a story of repressed trauma and family discord." It made stars of its cast, including newcomer Victoria Pedretti (who you can catch in Netflix's other creepy cult favorite, You), who played Eleanor (Nell) Crain, and Henry Thomas, also known as Elliott in E.T, who played patriarch Hugh Crain.
We don't have a release date for season two yet, but we do have some exciting details about what to expect, and we gotta warn you—things seem totally different this time around. Season two, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, is a new, standalone story with a totally different family, and it's expected to hit Netflix in 2020, probably towards the end of the year. (My money is around Halloween, which is when the first season dropped.)
It's currently filming in Vancouver.
Early January of 2020, the creator of the series, Mike Flanagan, took to Twitter to let us fans now that our favorite show that gives us the major creeps is almost finished. He'd previously tweeted that October 2019 marked the beginning of production.
It's worth noting that another adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw (more on the source material for season two below) came out in early 2020. The Turning, starring Finn Wolfhard. Obviously, you don't want two different adaptations coming out too close to one another (remember the Fyre Festival documentary debacle?), so Flanagan may be biding his time on the second season of Haunting.
We can expect season two to come late this year rather than sooner—probably two years after the first, so around the 2020 holiday season. In an interview with The Wrap, Flanagan said: "It’s probably Halloween again, if I had to guess," he added. Which is a long way, so that kind of sucks, but, hey, that gives us more time to rewatch the first season?
Season two is based on a Henry James book.
Yes, my die-hard fans, it's time to say goodbye to the Crain family. The first season was an adaption of the 1959 Shirley Jackson novel of the same name that featured a family who grew up in a haunted house and were forced to confront ghosts from their past—in every sense—when their youngest sister, Eleanor, committed suicide.
This time around, the show is sporting a new name, The Haunting of Bly Mansion, and will be inspired by Henry James' 1898 short novel, The Turn of the Screw. The book is set in an old country mansion. The plot: Two young orphans are cared for by a young governess, who narrates the story—and, well, things get creepy.
Recently Carla Gugino, who played Olivia Crain in the show, said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter she believes creator Mike Flanagan has closed the book on the family's story. "Mike Flanagan said he would be interested in the notion of an anthology, where some actors come back to play different characters," she explained. "I think he feels like he has told the complete story of the Crain family."
In that way, the setup of season two feels similar to Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story anthology, which features completely different storylines every season but many of the same actors.
It has a new logo.
There's nothing like a great trailer to tease what is going to come, but, uh, that isn't out yet, nor is the release date. Thankfully, we do have an idea of what the new logo of this season will look like. Netflix tweeted the image in the announcement that season two would come out in 2020.
It's possible that Netflix is shooting for a Halloween release date, as it did for season one. If it came out in October, this would be exactly two years after the release of season one.
There are new faces and old ones.
If you loved the cast from season one, good news—some of your favorites are returning for the new season. Flanagan took to Twitter this past summer to let viewers know who would star in the new season.
Returning favorites include Henry Thomas, who played young Hugh Crain, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who took on the role of Luke Crain, and fan-favorite Kate Siegel, who is known for her iconic one-liners in the part of Theodora Crain. Victoria Pedretti is also returning to the series, uploading a video to share the news.
Pedretti, according to an interview Flanagan did with The Wrap, will play the governess—one "who takes care of two very unusual children," he said. Pedretti herself told Nylon: “I’m genuinely excited about it. Here and there, it is [more intense] than season one. It’s its own thing. Even though it’s the second season of a show that I’ve been in previously, nearly everything is unique." Of her character, who will have lighter hair then Pedretti had in either Haunting season one or You, Pedretti said she's "extraordinary, not at all like Nell.”
Meanwhile, Jackson-Cohen, a.k.a. Luke Crain, will play Peter Quint, a ghostly presence in the book. As for those fresh faces, Flanagan has already found the actors who will play Miles and Flora: The new kids on the block (literally) are Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith, who will play the two orphans.
They'll be accompanied by Rahul Kohli from the CW's Supergirl and T'Nia Miller from HBO's Years and Years; newcomers Amelia Eve and Catherine Parker will also join the cast.
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