Netflix has a big task ahead, taking on the reboot for one of the greatest horror stories in history, The Haunting of Hill House. The novel, written by Shirley Jackson and published in 1959, set the bar in terms of ghost stories and paranormal hauntings. The tale relies on psychological terror as the characters encounter unexplained events.
The straight-to-series #TV order will include 10 episodes, and Netflix has finally announced the first cast member attached to the project: Michiel Huisman. Best known for his role as Daario Naharis on #GameofThrones, Huisman will star in the lead part as Steven Crane, the eldest sibling of the Crane family, who publishes books on the supernatural — including ta memoir involving his family's experiences in their 80-year-old mansion.
The character of Steven Crane does not exist in the book, but it seems to be a version of the Luke Sanderson character, who is the heir to the estate. (The man who built the house in the novel is Hugh Crain, so using the name "Crane" is a nod to the original with a little tweak.)
This is not the first time the story has been adapted; it first became a stage play before inspiring two feature films. The 1963 adaptation, titled The Haunting, is considered one of the best haunted house movies in recent decades whereas the 1999 version (starring Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson) is remembered as one of the worst. Although the films stray away from the exact plot of the book, each version focuses on a group of people invited to the Hill House by a paranormal investigator to gather supernatural evidence. Expect the Netflix reboot to stick to the main plot but vary in terms of characters and storylines just as the films did.
So what does this mean for Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones? If you are worried that taking a lead role in another show means the end of Daario, don't worry, it doesn't guarantee death. The seventh season of the show has already been filmed and the eighth (and final) season will only include six episodes. If Daario survives it, filming for the last season will be the shortest in the show's history. There is also the fact that plenty of fellow cast members have worked on separate projects despite HBO's grueling schedule.
It is pretty safe to say that Huisman's latest casting announcement isn't a spoiler for Game of Thrones. But remember, nobody is safe on that show, so anything is possible. Either way, we have The Haunting of Hill House to look forward to!
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