These days, if something is a success, it usually comes back. Doesn't matter if it was always meant to be a "limited series" with just a few episodes telling a specific story.
So that's possibly the case with Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House." It was a huge success. There was no guarantee that adapting Shirley Jackson's novel -- and really stretching it this far -- would turn out well. But it was brilliant.
It also seemed to end on some definitive notes.
That said, when Entertainment Weekly asked director Mike Flanagan (who also directed Carla Gugino in "Gerald's Game") about the possibility of Season 2, he left the door open a crack:
"I don’t want to speculate too much about Season 2 until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one. What I will say, though, is that as far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done.
I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it.
We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.
That said, I think more than anything, the show is about haunted places and haunted people, as Steve says, and there’s no shortage of either. So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House."
Yeah, the Crains should be left in peace at this point. But if they continue in that house ... if they did a story set after this point it would certainly be a crowded house filled with ghosts. But what about a prequel? Or would that be too obvious, since we know exactly where it's heading?
Might be better to leave Hill House entirely and haunt a new place with new people.
It's possible the production team will go ahead and tell Flanagan "Yes, we want another season, write something up and let's go." Then we'll see exactly what he meant by those teases about an anthology, and whether a second season would indeed leave Hill House behind.
More than likely, Season 2 would/will end up "The Haunting of _____."
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