Hill House and Midnight Mass creator Mike Flanagan leaves Netflix for Amazon
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Horror fans who subscribe to Netflix have been dealt quite the blow after Flanagan opted to sign a new overall deal with Amazon, alongside his creative partner Trevor Macy.
This means all the shows they create will air exclusively on Prime Video, which is a huge gain for Amazon.
While Flanagan is best known for his horror films, all of which he directed, wrote and edited, including Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Doctor Sleep, in recent years he has produced terrifying stories for the small screen via Netflix.
He created, produced and served as showrunner on the Netflix supernatural horror anthology series The Haunting – includes a season based on Shirley Jackson’s novel plus a second season based on Henry James’ novella The turn of the Screw titled The Haunting of Bly Manor.
In 2021, Netflix released Midnight Mass, a horror mini-series Flanagan created and directed and in October he fulfilled a life-long dream of creating an adaptation of the 1994 horror mystery-thriller novel The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike.
Fans were left ‘heartbroken’ when Netflix cancelled The Midnight Club after only on season.
The series was designed to have multiple seasons, unlike Flanagan’s previous shows, which made the pain from the cancellation more severe.
Netflix cancelled the series shortly after Flanagan and Macy left to start a new adventure at Amazon, Deadline reports.
In a statement released after Amazon announced they were joining the fold, Flanagan and Macy said: “Amazon is a studio that we have long admired. Their commitment to engaging in ground-breaking 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.”
Fans of Wednesday are currently concerned that their favourite series could leave Netflix and head to Amazon for a similar reason.
Since it landed on the streaming site in November, the Addams Family spin-off has become one of its most successful shows ever.
Deadline revealed last year that Amazon and MGM finalised an $8.5bn (£7.06bn) merger.
Because Wednesday is an MGM production, there's a chance that the rights may go to Amazon Prime instead.
But before you ditch your accounts, neither Netflix or Amazon Prime have commented on the future of the world’s favourite 16-year-old goth.
Furthermore, Flanagan has one more Netflix series that has yet to be released, The Fall of the House of Usher, which is based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.