Netflix is turning its sights to one of the greatest and most influential ghost stories of the latter twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. According to a report from Deadline, the adaptation nabbed a ten-episode straight-to-series order and will serve as a modern reimagining of the classic tale with Carla Gugino tapped to star.
The 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson – who is perhaps best known for her 1948 short story The Lottery – centers on an occult scholar, his assistant, a potentially haunted woman, and the future heir of the dilapidated Hill House. The group moves into the allegedly haunted mansion with the hope of finding scientific evidence of the paranormal. The Haunting on Hill House received wide acclaim on its initial release, including a spot as a finalist for the National Book Award, and has long been considered one of – if not the – finest examples of the haunted house story. Jackson has been cited as a primary influence on authors ranging from Joanne Harris to Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.
This latest endeavor will mark the third major adaptation of the novel. The Haunting of Hill House was originally adapted into a well-regarded 1963 film and a not-so-loved 1999 version. The Netflix adaptation will be written, directed, and executive produced by Mike Flanagan (whose credits include underrated gems like “Oculus,” “Hush,” and “Ouija: Origin of Evil”).