Netflix has signed a new overall deal with The Haunting of Hill House executive producers Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy, the streaming service announced Thursday. The deal includes an order for Season 2 of what's now officially an anthology series, The Haunting. The second installment, called The Haunting of Bly Manor and based on Henry James' 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw, will arrive in 2020 and focus on entirely new characters.
Season 1, The Haunting of Hill House, premiered last year and was a loose adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel of the same name. The season was written and directed by Flanagan and landed at No. 2 on TV Guide's list of the best shows of 2018. The announcement that The Haunting is now an anthology series is not unexpected, as Hill House ended conclusively and Flanagan always planned for it to be an anthology series.
The show's Instagram teased the new location, but then Netflix quickly revealed an answer.
Flanagan and Macy, under their Intrepid Pictures banner, have become Netflix's top horror producers, with their movies Gerald's Game, Hush and Before I Wake currently available on the service, as well as The Haunting of Hill House. Outside of Netflix, they're currently in post-production on Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson.
The Haunting of Hill House is available to stream on Netflix.
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The chilling sneak peek serves up a smorgasbord of visual terror, with split-second shots featuring stellar celebrity cameos, creepy hallways, eerie music, a nod to that iconic soundtrack and even an appearance from Peele himself. We'll never unhear Tracy Morgan asking "You happy with your life?" in that affected voice or unsee a terrifying Jacob Tremblay in the role he was born to play -- sinister child riding a tricycle.
The show's all-star lineup also includes Sanaa Lathan, Adam Scott, John Cho, Ike Barinholtz, Taissa Farmiga, Ginnifer Goodwin, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Kumail Nanjiani, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.
In addition to serving as a producer on the series, Peele will also host and narrate.
Prepare to be both frightened and entertained when the first two episodes of The Twilight Zone drop Monday, April 1 exclusively on CBS All Access. And no, we're not fooling about the date.
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"We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options," read a statement released by representatives from the company on Thursday.
Smollett was arrested and charged Thursday after Chicago police revealed the alleged assault he had reported last month was a purported hoax. According to police, Smollett, who stars as Jamal Lyon on Empire, was reportedly unhappy with his salary on the Fox series. At the time, Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men who wore masks and shouted "MAGA country" -- a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." The attackers, per Smollett, shouted racial and homophobic slurs at the actor and put a noose around his neck.
"Why would anyone -- especially an African-American man -- use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?" Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Thursday during a press conference. "How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?"
Smollett and his attorneys have remained steadfast in claiming the star did nothing wrong. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," Smollett's lawyers said late Wednesday. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."
Police allege Smollett paid two brothers $3500 to stage the attack.
Fox, for its part, has stood by Smollett throughout the investigation. "We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our Empire family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate -- and especially against one of our own," the company said the day Smollett's alleged assault was revealed.
As the investigation moved forward, it was rumored Smollett potentially orchestrated the attack because he was being written off the show, another claim Fox swiftly debunked. "The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of Empire is patently ridiculous. He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him," the company said.
This week, after it was revealed Fox had cut Smollett's scenes down in an upcoming Empire episode, the network again stood by its star. "Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show."
If convicted of the felony, Smollett faces up to three years in prison.
While Smollett's Empire future remains unclear, at least one show parted ways with the actor in the wake of his arrest. Jensen Karp, an executive producer on TNT's Drop the Mic, tweeted that a planned episode with Smollett and Clay Aiken will no longer air.
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