Mike Flanagan’s latest Netflix series, Fall of The House of Usher, hasn’t had the easiest of filming runs, but it looks like the horror series based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe has wrapped. The success of the likes of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass has ensured that Flanagan’s relationship with Netflix continues to bring more new horror shows to the platform, and latest mini-series once again brings back some of the writer/director’s frequent collaborators including Carla Gugino, Carl Lumbly, Rahul Kohli, Henry Thomas, and Kate Siegel.
Although production on the series kicked off in January, Fall of The House of Usher hit a massive stumbling block due to allegations of misconduct against lead actor Frank Langella. After a pause in the shooting schedule, it was announced that Langella’s role as Roderick Usher was going to be recast, and the part was taken over by Bruce Greenwood. Despite this happening in April after filming had been underway for some time, it seems that since then things have moved along at a fair pace, and as Flanagan said in a Twitter post, what he has achieved in the end is four series made over three years despite everything. He wrote:
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“A few minutes ago we wrapped production on THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, closing a huge chapter of my life. I’ve worked in Vancouver almost nonstop since BLY MANOR in 2019. We made 4 series in 3 years, only taking a short break for the COVID lockdown in early 2020. BLY MANOR, MIDNIGHT MASS, MIDNIGHT CLUB & HOUSE OF USHER were each profoundly challenging. Three of those shows were produced during the pandemic, amid ever-shifting safety protocols designed to keep our huge casts and crews safe. It’s been a privilege to work with some wonderful collaborators, actors, directors, storytellers, crew, family and friends for so long, over THIRTY-FOUR EPISODES of television – the most difficult and rewarding work of my life. Oh, and they say “never meet your heroes”, but I’d add “unless your heroes are @MarkHamill and @LangenkampH”, who are just as awesome as you hope and then some. It was a true delight to work with them both, and I really hope I’m fortunate enough to do so again.”
Fall of The House of Usher Will Arrive After The Midnight Club
Fall of The House of Usher is based on the story of the same name by American gothic horror icon Edgar Allan Poe, and as well as adapting that story to screen it will also incorporate other aspects of Poe’s work. While there have been few specific details released about the actual plot, Flanagan has previously called it a modern updating of the story first published in 1839, and it will likely follow in the footsteps of his The Haunting… series.
However, before the last series in his current run of Netflix shows arrives, Flanagan’s The Midnight Club will come to the platform later this year. Based on the YA book series by Christopher Pike, series tells of a group of terminally ill teenagers who meet regularly to tell spooky stories and attempt to locate supernatural entities. The Midnight Club arrives on October 7. Fall of The House of Usher currently has no release date.