Acclaimed genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan and partner Trevor Macy, who have developed successful Netflix shows such as The Haunting Of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and The Midnight Club, have jumped ship to streaming rival Amazon.
The duo have signed a new exclusive deal under their Intrepid Pictures label after their previous deal with Netflix expired. The multi-year deal will see the pair develop and produce projects to be streamed exclusively on Prime Video according to a Deadline report.
As mentioned, Flanagan has been at the helm of some of the most talked about horror shows of the past decade, with The Haunting Of Hill House being a major critical and commercial hit especially. But he also directed films for Netflix such as Gerald’s Game and Hush, as well as directing well-liked theatrically released films such as Doctor Sleep and Oculus.
So Amazon are getting a real coup here. Vernon Sanders, Head of global television at Amazon Studios, said:
“Mike and Trevor are remarkable at telling immersive, suspenseful stories that masterfully keep audiences engaged from start to finish. We are excited to welcome them to Amazon Studios and are looking forward to our global customers experiencing their genre-bending creativity.”
Flanagan and Macy added: “Amazon is a studio that we have long admired. Their commitment to engaging in groundbreaking series and content aligns with the ethos of what we have built at Intrepid. We are looking forward to working with the entire Amazon team as we bring our brand of genre productions to the service and audiences around the globe.”
Obviously Amazon have signed Flanagan and Macy with the hope that they can develop similarly successful genre shows for them. Interestingly, Flanagan does still have one Netflix show to premiere; upcoming limited series The Fall of the House of Usher. It’s also worth noting that Intrepid’s future feature film work will remain separate from this Amazon deal.
We’ll wait for news on what Flanagan’s first Amazon project will be, and how this move might affect streaming numbers. Fortunately for Netflix, Flanagan’s prior will obviously remain on their platform, so fans can revisit – or discover for the first time – shows like Hill House and Midnight Mass whenever they like.