Released in October, Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ was a perfect vehicle to get watchers ready for Halloween. Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, the show was a solid hit with viewers and earned raves from critics. Mike Flanagan created the series for Netflix, and wrote, directed and executive produced it. He is currently working on the film ‘Doctor Sleep’, but he hasn’t ruled out a second installment of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’. Netflix hasn’t ordered a follow-up, and the first series told a finite story with a beginning, middle and end, but the same could be said of ’13 Reasons Why’ and they cobbled together a second and soon a third season of that.
But when asked about a sophomore season of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, Flanagan cautioned that viewers would not see the majority of the cast of the first season. When asked if fans would again see the Crains, he replied:
“I don’t think so,” Flanagan said. “I think we tied up all of those threads exactly how they should be. We tied up all of those threads exactly how they should be. I don’t really see a need to revisit those characters, even in cameos. I want to remember them the way we left them, and leave them to their lives.”
It sounds as though, should ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ return, it will be treated as an anthology and will focus on other characters. It’s unclear how that will work, considering that the location is such an important part of the story and it isn’t as though anyone else could have moved in after the Crains.
One of the most compelling elements of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ was the dual storyline set-up, focusing on the Crain family in the 1980s, when the children were kids and in the present, with them as battered, scarred adults. Carla Gugino played Olivia, the family’s matriarch, while Henry Thomas and Timothy Hutton played her husband Hugh in the past and present respectively. Paxton Singleton and Michiel Huisman played oldest child Steven, who parlayed the family’s ghostly past into a lucrative career as a supernatural author. Lulu Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser played second-oldest child, Shirley, Mckenna Grace and Kate Siegel played psychically sensitive Theo, Julian Hilliard, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen portrayed Luke, now an addict, and Violet McGraw and Victoria Pedretti shared the role of Luke’s twin, Nell.
It remains to be seen if Netflix will try and replicate the success of the first season of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’. What do you think? Would you like more?
Source: TV Line