Mike Flanagan‘s strong relationship with Netflix is set to continue. The proficient horror filmmaker, who created and helmed The Haunting Of Hill House and its second season, The Haunting Of Bly Manor for the streaming giant, will now adapt hit comic book Something Is Killing The Children into a TV series.
The comic is written by James Tynion IV and drawn by Werther Dell’Edera, and began its run in September 2019. It revolves around multiple children going missing in a small town, with rumours flying that the culprit might be creatures that lurk in the shadows. Erica Slaughter, a mysterious stranger, rides into town and claims she can solve the town’s problem. But can she be trusted?
The comic quickly became a hit, grabbing a Eisner Award nomination for ‘Best New Series’ in 2020.
This adaptation should be music to the ears of horror fans. Since his low-budget 2011 debut Absentia, Flanagan has established himself as one of the best genre filmmakers out there. He followed that film up with 2013’s excellent Oculus and the low-key good 2016 sequel Ouija: Origin Of Evil.
That’s when his relationship with Netflix began, as he then directed Hush and Gerald’s Game for the streaming service, before following those with The Haunting Of Hill House, one of Netflix’s most watched shows.
Even after all that, he still had time to helm the highly anticipated Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, which underperformed at the box office but got positive reviews.
This isn’t even the only in-development project Flanagan has in the works at Netflix, as he’s also creating a two other horror series. One is Midnight Mass, which revolves around a community experiencing miraculous events after the arrival of a mysterious priest, the other is horror-mystery series The Midnight Club, based on the Christopher Pike novel of the same name.
Considering his success and his celebrity fans such as Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino and William Friedkin, it’s little surprise that Netflix wants as much Flanagan content as they can get.
Expect to see Flanagan’s other shows arrive before Something Is Killing The Children, but Netflix will be crossing their fingers that the filmmaker can deliver something that matches the popularity and quality of The Haunting Of Hill House. His track record suggests that he can.