The Haunting of Hill House

TVLine Items: Netflix Orders Haunting Series, I Love Dick Trailer and More

Those ghosts just won’t leave Hill House alone.

Netflix has given a 10-episode order to a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, our sister site Deadline reports.

The horror series, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and Paramount TV, will be written, directed and executive-produced by filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Before I Wake).

Jackson’s book was previously adapted for the screen as the 1963 and 1999 films The Haunting.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Amazon has released a trailer for Transparent creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins’ new series I Love Dick, debuting Friday, May 12 on the streaming service. The drama, based on Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel, stars Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) as a New York filmmaker who follows her academic husband (House of Lies‘ Griffin Dunne) to Texas for a writing residency, where she meets a legendary artist named Dick (The Following‘s Kevin Bacon).

* Oprah Winfrey will make her first appearance on CBS’ daytime gabfest The Talk as the featured guest throughout the entire hour-long show on Monday, April 17.

* HBO will premiere the stand-up special T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous on Saturday, June 17 at 10/9c, Deadline reports.

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  1. kate says:

    Interesting about the Haunting of Hill House, I took this class in college as my last English requirement, American Gothic Novels, which I mistook for an exploration of horror stories and the fact that the Lottery is the first story you read didn’t dissuade my opinion, but after that, this was the next book I remember reading and enjoying and as you can tell, it was the last book as it was the reappearance of the genre in the twentieth century.

  2. Chuck says:

    Netflix, don’t mess this up like Jan de Bont did! Take a lesson from the original movie — Less Is More!

    • Billy meacham says:

      It’s Netflix. They’ve had a good track record on their original shows.

    • Lambsilencer says:

      Robert Wise’s film adaptation from 1963 is pretty good, even though it gets off to a very slow start that drags a bit, but then it’s quite scary. Jan De Bont really didn’t know how to do true “Haunted House” horror, so he just created a supernatural thriller, overloaded with special effects and void of any kind of scary mood or atmosphere.
      Mike Flanagan, however, impressed me with “Oculus” (starring the ever lovely Karen Gillan), and also created a sequel (or better yet, a prequel) to “Ouija” that I found vastly better than the original. So, based on those facts, I do have hope that this might turn out well.

  3. Marco Piazzo says:

    Netflix has a definite hurdle on their hands. Both the book and the original movie are fantastic. The remake, on the other hand, is anything but. Let’s hope they manage to keep the momentum and quality going.

  4. Paul says:

    I really liked the 1999 version of The Haunting, I hope they film the new tv series in the same location, it was stunning. Doubtful sadly.