The Turning hit theaters this weekend but that’s far from the only adaptation of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw set to release this year.
What’s the deal with all the Turn of the Screw adaptations slated for a 2020 release, or at least, in production? Not only is The Turning out in theaters this weekend, but there are at least two other adaptations currently in development.
Unfortunately, The Turning isn’t exactly performing well with critics or audiences. We’re truly in the midst of the infamous January slump. Both new horror movies, The Grudge, and now The Turning, have fallen prey to the curse. Hopefully next weeks Gretel & Hansel will turn things around.
But even if the Finn Wolfhard and Mackenzie Davis-led movie doesn’t wind up being a great version of Henry James’s gothic novella, a few other opportunities remain on the horizon.
The Quibi series
A couple of months ago, Deadline reported that the upcoming streaming service, Quibi, was planning to develop a modern Turn of the Screw adaptation from Alexandra McNally, Josh Berman, and Sony Pictures Television. The project was initially in development at Freeform before transitioning to Quibi.
This version will follow a Mexican-American nanny hired to take care of two children at their summer home on an island in the Pacific Northwest. What begins as the perfect job beings to take a turn when she realizes there is something sinister and supernatural occurring.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the highly-anticipated follow-up to Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House. Mike Flanagan announced that he would be using the Henry James novella as inspiration for the sophomore season.
We don’t yet know how much the novel will influence the season. Haunting of Hill House was based on the Shirley Jackson book of the same name but it made significant changes from its source material.
Hopefully, Flanagan will do the same with Bly Manor so we can get a different version of the story rather than a retread of the Quibi show and The Turning. Several Hill House alums like Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti will be returning for the new season, too. We don’t yet have a release date but it is expected to release sometime later this year.
Are you a fan of The Turn of the Screw? Are you looking forward to seeing and comparing the three new adaptations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Turning is now playing in theaters.