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Last October, Netflix’s original series The Haunting of Hill House brought chills to streamers everywhere. Now, even non-Netflix subscribers will get the chance to experience the horror–in all its gory–because an extended director’s cut is making its way Blu-ray.
“Well this news got out there a LITTLE earlier than we wanted… but yes, it’s true,” Flanagan wrote on Saturday. “More details to come, but it was a blast restoring several episodes to their original form. Hope you all enjoy!”
Well this news got out there a LITTLE earlier than we wanted... but yes, it’s true! More details to come, but it was a blast restoring several episodes to their original form. Hope you all enjoy! https://t.co/svyPirSIMi— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 16, 2019
Amazon already has the pre-order available but makes no mention of a release date–or any other details, for that matter.
Putting content on DVD is a rare move for Netflix, as the streaming giant hasn’t turned any of its original films to DVD or Blu-ray. Yet, some of its TV shows do have physical media, like House of Cards and Daredevil.
Described as a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, bearing the same name, The Haunting of Hill House was an absolute hit for Netflix last year. The next installment, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, should make its debut on the streamer in 2020. This second part of the franchise will have a brand new storyline, featuring new characters.
“We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal,” he explained. “It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time.”
Flanagan also said that the next season will be “much scarier” than the first.
“For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it’s much scarier than season 1, so I’m very excited about it,” he added.
Some of the season 1 cast members will show up at Bly Manor–only in different roles since The Haunting of Bly Manor will follow a new storyline.
Victoria Pedretti is one of the actors confirmed, along with Oliver Jackson-Cohen. But the director said there will be “other familiar actors from season one.”
“Beyond that, I’ve got quite a few candidates among new faces who I really love, but we haven’t formally cast anybody yet,” he added.
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Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.