With Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy exiting Netflix and heading to Amazon to direct their new projects, they still have one more in store for Netflix audiences, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher. Over the past four years, the duo, with Intrepid Pictures, has ushered in (pun intended) a new wave of horror classics, beginning with The Haunting of Hill House.
With The Midnight Club canceled after one season and Flanagan ruining what could have been for season 2, the filmmakers spoke with Term about how they feel House of Usher is the perfect way to go out and say goodbye to the worlds they created for Netflix.
“I think it’s safe to say that a lot has changed in the industry and at Netflix in the four years since we started our deal,” Flanagan said. “So as this year started and we knew we were coming to the end, we thought it would be very prudent to stick our heads out there, look around and see what else there may be in store for us. Considering how much everything has changed in the past few years, we feel that there could be a better option for us, and we feel that Amazon is that.”
The couple spoke about how disappointed and saddened they were by The Midnight Club’s cancellation, not seeing it as a counter to their transition to Amazon, but as a sign of how the company had changed over the years. However, they still think the House of Usher series, which has yet to be released, will get a fair deal.
“We’re as excited as we could be with the way it turned out. We just blacked out the image on all episodes, so we’ve been living with them a lot lately,” Macy said. “And in many ways, I think it’s one of our shows that could connect with the biggest audience. I love it for that reason, but it also feels different than anything else on TV, and for that reason I’m proud of it.” . We are very optimistic about it. And Netflix says they are, too, so we’re counting on them to get it right.”
Netflix’s The Fall of The House of Usher hits the streaming platform sometime next year.
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