It’s no secret that over the past few years, horror fans have been spoiled by the director’s work. Mike Flanagan exploded on stage in a Netflix series with The ghosts of the house on the hill. The man responsible for raising the TV side of the genre is behind film adaptations such as Doctor Sleep as well as Gerald’s game. Using his wife’s acting skills Kate Siegel and other stars, Flanagan has created a franchise cast with his characters as fans now look for familiar faces with every adaptation he brings to the stream.
Pulling from classics such as Henry Jamesscrew turn per The Haunting of Bly Manor and upcoming Fall of the House of Usher on Edgar Allen Poe, fans of gothic literature every year look forward to what he will do next. As each series rivals the last, Flanagan has yet to disappoint with his limited series horror adaptations. As far as what’s on this director’s agenda, there are several literary works that have been written and are in desperate need of his touch, and some he could bring to life with free creative freedom.
“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier
Alfred Hitchcockcult movie Rebecca found its roots in Daphne du Maurier1938 novel of the same name. Recent Netflix remake featuring Armie Hammer as well as Lily James proves that Hitchcock’s adaptation is definitive (for now). Rebecca (whichever version you refer to) is the story of a young, nameless woman who marries a wealthy widower, and the mysterious death and legacy of his first wife, Rebecca, looms heavily over their new life together.
Perhaps under the name “Mrs. de Winter” Flanagan’s team of regular performers would have easily settled into this gothic adaptation with Victoria Pedretti returning to embody either the new Mrs. de Winter or Rebecca. Oliver Jackson-Cohen would have been a great choice for Maxime de Winter if Flanagan decided to remake it a third time with Pedretti. Netflix’s first attempt at remaking the story failed, but received rave reviews, led by Flanagan.
“Secret Window, Secret Garden” by Stephen King
Although David Koepp had already adapted the film version in 2004, this Stephen King the novella could turn into a heavily cinematic limited series at the hands of Flanagan. secret windowsecret Garden was part of a collection called Four after midnight which King released in 1990. In the midst of a messy divorce, writer Mort Rainey is accused by another man of stealing his story. Rainey is determined to prove that his story was published first, but soon all the facts and those that can prove his innocence begin to disappear.
Starred in the film version Johnny Depp like rainy and John Turturro as accuser, John Shooter. Critics disliked the adaptation, while Depp’s loyal fans and audiences rated it higher. The short detective thriller lacks the specific supernatural element that Flanagan fans are looking for, but it won’t be the first King adaptation that the director has taken on purely by the gimmicks of the mind.
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson
A classic literary tale in need of the right budget and director, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has a solid foundation for Flanagan to build on and plenty of failed adaptations to see what went wrong. The first film adaptation came out in 1931, but the version released ten years later, in 1941, received three Oscar nominations. Icons with participation Ingrid Bergman as well as Spencer TracyThe film was nominated three times at the 14th Academy Awards.
original novella Robert Louis Stevenson was published in 1886. This is the story of Gabriel Utterson, a practicing lawyer who investigates a series of incidents between his old friend Henry Jekyll and the sinister Edward Hyde, only to discover they are the same person. This gothic tale is perfect for Flanagan and his talented actors and actresses. The limited edition could do justice to the classic fairy tale, especially with Rahul Kohli returning to embody Utterson.
The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Not quite a horror or gothic tale, but audiences have seen what Flanagan can do with religious lyrics given the success midnight mass. First published in 1836 Minister’s Black Veil this is a short story Nathaniel Hawthorne about Mr. Hooper, a Connecticut priest who once donned a black veil that covered his face for the rest of his life. There appears to be no film or television version of the story, leaving Flanagan free rein to breathe new life into this classic tale.
The original text alludes to the veil as an allegory for sin, and to the fact that everyone wears black veils to hide their secret sins. There is so much room for interpretation and openness in this text that Flanagan could easily weave in horror elements and modernize the text. Again, his success with biblical and religious themes in midnight mass makes this text an obvious choice.
Ghost Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling
No place for a singing Disney adaptation here. This 1888 Gothic is shorter. Rudyard Kipling follows the story’s narrator, Jack, who finds himself caught in a love triangle between the woman he had an affair with and his new love. When his rejected lover dies of a broken heart, Jack begins to see her ghost and goes insane. This 19th century tale will flourish with Flanagan’s update.
To date, it doesn’t look like any director has taken on the story with a recognizable adaptation. Implementation The ghosts of the house on the hill reinvented a classic fairy tale that didn’t yet have a cinematic version that horror fans could immediately point to. Any of Flanagan’s returning actors could have had the creative freedom to bring Kipling’s characters to life for the limited series.
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