If you’re as big a fan of Mike Flanagan movies and TV shows as I am, you’re probably already done. Midnight Mass on Netflix, followed by a marathon of its other Netflix TV shows (collectively referred to as The haunting Collection) or even a few (or all) of his horror films in anticipation of his next project. Lucky for you, its return to TV is coming soon with a new horror series called The midnight club, which has nothing to do with the history of Midnight Mass (in case you were wondering), but has some behind-the-scenes links to recent success. Read on to find out how they relate, as well as everything we know about Flanagan’s latest horror TV shows – starting with when we can expect to air this terrifying new tale.
The Midnight Club currently has no confirmed Netflix release date
I hope that with the last sentence of my introductory paragraph, I didn’t mislead you into thinking that I would have an answer as to when The midnight club will be available. In fact, while we can confirm that the series is a Netflix exclusive, it’s unclear at this time when it will officially premiere on the streaming platform that The Haunting of Hill House from 2018 and 2020 Bly’s haunting mansion also call home.
What I may not anticipate to see appear anywhere on the fall 2021 TV show, it seems more likely to be available to stream sometime in 2022. Reason: Principal photography of the show is already over.
Filming for Midnight Club began in March 2021 in Canada
While the filming of Midnight Mass (which took place in Vancouver, Canada, in 2020) was on hiatus due to the Covid-19 outbreak, it was announced that Mike Flanagan’s next project will be The midnight club, like Variety reported exclusively on May 5 of the same year. According to Bloody disgusting, Flanagan and company would return to the Great White North to film the new series.
Cameras began rolling for production in March 2021, and series star Aya Furukawa would reveal on her personal Instagram account (via Mike Flanagan Source on Twitter) that the last day of filming was September 9, 2021. In case you were wondering, a Canadian filming location is indeed not the only thing that Midnight Mass and The midnight club have in common and I’ll explain why soon. First off, let me tell you where the story for this new series came from.
Mike Flanagan adapted The Midnight Club from a book by Christopher Pike
When Midnight Mass was first announced, rumors hinted that this would be another episode of Mike Flanagan Haunted Collection before it was confirmed that this is an entirely new story and not another loose book adaptation. However, The midnight club marks Flanagan’s return to make literature a scary Netflix series, but his first attempt in a novel for young adults. In fact, the upcoming show marks the first time since the 1996 TV movie. Fall into darkness that a Christopher Pike story received such treatment.
The midnight club is the 21st book by Christopher Pike, who is a hero of the late 20th century young adult thriller trend – in which RL Stine’s Fear street books and icons Goose bumps series also became big hits. Published in 1994, it focuses on a group of terminally ill teenagers who bond with Rotterdam Home hospice by telling each other creepy stories late at night. However, one night they agree that the first of their group to pass must promise to contact them from beyond the grave, and strange subsequent events suggest that one of them has held their end of the bargain.
Several Midnight Mass cast members appear in the Midnight Club cast
Obviously, Mike Flanagan’s upcoming adaptation of a classic Christopher Pike novel will have no canonical connection to his recent limited series on strange events happening in the local parish of an island community. However, the filmmaker appealed to familiar faces from his Midnight Mass casting to return as part of the Nightclub to throw.
Annarah Shephard and Igby Rigney, whose young Midnight Mass characters Leeza Scarborough and Warren Flynn, are series regulars in The midnight club. In recurring roles we have Crystal Ballint (who played Cymone’s onscreen mom, Dolly), Zach Gilford (who played Rigney’s brother, Riley), Matt Biedel (who played Struge), Patricia Drake (who had a small role as Crockett Island native Joanie), and Mike Flanagan’s frequent collaborator, Samantha Sloyan (who stole the show as the cold-hearted Beverly Keane). Robert Longstreet (another member of the Flanagan family who played Joe Collie in Midnight Mass) is also credited as “Janitor” in an episode of The midnight club.
Horror movie legend Heather Langenkamp also joins Midnight Club cast
There are also many newcomers to the Flanagan family in the Nightclub cast, the most exciting of which has the honor of being called one of the greatest Scream Queens in horror film history. Heather Langenkamp is best known for playing Nancy Thompson in the 1984s Freddy – the supernatural slasher movie classic from writer and director Wes Craven which also stars Robert Englund as the grotesque boogeyman, Freddy Krueger. Mike Flanagan confirmed in a Tweeter that she played in the series as “enigmatic doctor who runs the hospice” where the young titular group stays.
Speaking of which, other young newcomers Nightclub the cast includes Shudder’s Horror show Season 2 star Iman Benson, Aya Furukawa (who debuted in The cabin in the woods), William Chris Sumpter of Starz’s Power celebrity and first-time actors Adia, Ruth Codd and Sauriyan Sapkota. Other recurring players include the former X files actor William B. Davis and actress and model Larsen Thompson, who recently appeared in The SpongeBob Movie: The Runaway Sponge exercise his other passion: dancing.
Creator Mike Flanagan Directs Two Episodes Of Midnight Club
In addition to developing The midnight club In a new Netflix series and executive producer of the series with longtime partner Trevor Macy, Mike Flanagan is also returning to the director’s chair for two confirmed episodes. In a tweet included in the same thread that revealed much of the above information, the horror writer congratulated the other filmmakers taking the reins of the remaining chapters.
The midnight clubBlumhouse’s additional coxswains are Black Box director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour and Axelle Carolyn, who directed episodes of The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion, american horror story, the thrill Horror show series, and a segment of the anthology horror film Halloween tales. Viet Nguyen (director of several DC TV shows), Morgan Beggs (whose impressive career as Second Unit Director also includes Manor of Bly) and Michael Fimognari (Mike Flanagan’s longtime friend and cinematographer) will also direct episodes.
Mike Flanagan’s dive into Christopher Pike’s work won’t stop at his Nightclub series. The acclaimed author’s next one will be a adaptation of the author’s 1993 science fiction novel The season of passages. From his top-notch Stephen King films, his brilliant takes on Shirley Jackson and Henry James with The haunting Collecting, and now YA horror novels, Flanagan seeks to be the patron saint of spooky literary adaptations.