Shirley Jackson’s classic “The Haunting of Hill House” may soon become a new Netflix TV series.
Variety reports that the streaming service has recruited writer/director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) to adapt Jackson’s 1959 horror novel into a 10-episode series. The series is being described as a modern re-imagining of the novel, which centers on four people who encounter supernatural occurrences while spending a summer in a rented mansion.
Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” has been adapted for film twice, with the title being changed to The Haunting. The 1963 version of The Haunting was directed by Robert Wise, known for directing a slew of other classics like West Side Story, The Curse of the Cat People, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain, and The Sound of Music. The 1999 version was directed by Speed‘s Jan de Bont, and features an odd cast that includes Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bruce Dern.
The series comes from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Amblin TV co-produced the recent three-part Netflix docuseries Five Came Back, but this series will be the first scripted one set up between Amblin and Netflix. On Paramount TV’s end, the Jackson adaptation joins 13 Reasons Why and Maniac at Netflix. Amblin TV and Paramount TV have worked together before on Fox’s Minority Report.
The Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” will be executive produced by Flanagan, Trevor Macy, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.