Director Mike Flanagan has been praised continuously for his approach to these films, focusing on characters and themes rarely depicted in horror and not relying on jump scares the way other filmmakers do in the genre. He's thus been able to build a career of such projects. This includes, but is not limited to, the big screen films Oculus and Hush along with the duel King adaptations of the Netflix film Gerald's Game and the big screen adaptation of King's Doctor Sleep (The sequel to The Shining). Recently, he has served as director/showrunner of Netlfix's acclaimed The Haunting of Hill House series adaptation which he is handling a follow-up series titled The Haunting of Bly Manor which is based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. With that series already shot from September to February before the pandemic happened (Set to debut sometime later this year on the streaming service), Flanagan is has signed up for two more Netflix event series. The first will be an original seven-episode limited series he's created titled Midnight Mass which Flanagan confirmed in a Twitter post (Which the below image links to) has officially begun production:
The story is set on an isolated island community which experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. The film was originally set to film this past Spring in Vancouver but production was delayed due to the global pandemic. Flanagan is slated to direct all seven episodes and will also executive produce alongside Trevor Macy.
Midnight Mass will feature the on-screen talents of Robert Longstreet, Annabeth Gish, Henry Thomas, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Rahul Abburi, Crystal Balint, Kristin Lehman, Igby Rigney, and Annarah Shephard. Stay tuned!