When Mike Flanagan was just a teenager, he was a voracious reader of Christopher Pike’s YA horror novels, including The Midnight Club. A few years later, he decided it was his mission to bring the book to the big screen as his first feature film.
Excited at the idea, Flanagan wrote his own screenplay for The Midnight Club, even coming up with a potential cast. But, Pike’s publisher was not impressed, and Flanagan was turned down.
After the successes of his Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor and Midnight Mass (not to mention film adaptations of novels by Stephen King), he decided to try again. According to an interview Flanagan gave for Vanity Fair, he found Christopher Pike through Facebook, and pitched a slightly different version of The Midnight Club than originally planned.
Instead of simply telling the story, which is about a group of eight terminally ill teens who come together each night at midnight to trade scary tales, while also making a pact that the first of them to die will come back, Flanagan planned it as an anthology series. Each tale that was told would incorporate other Christopher Pike books, such as Road to Nowhere and The Wicked Heart.
Mike Flanagan was able to talk to Christopher Pike about his hopes for an adaptation of The Midnight Club.
When Flanagan finally spoke with Pike, it was to tell him that he gave the author much of the credit for his decision to pour his creativity into the horror genre. According to Pike, he and his girlfriend were in the midst of watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, so that definitely made an impression.
Just as in other Flanagan films, you will recognize some of the actors from his prior projects. Both Igby Rigney and Annarah Cymone appeared in Midnight Mass (as Warren and Leeza), and Samantha Sloyan, Zach Gilford and Robert Longstreet are repeat performers as well.
Also returning? The Newton Brothers, who created the eerie, moody scores for Hill House, Bly Manor and Midnight Mass have also written the music for The Midnight Club.
It’s also interesting to note that Heather Langenkamp, who horror fans know as A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Nancy is among the cast for The Midnight Club.
The Midnight Club will consist of ten episodes, and will make its Netflix debut on October 7.
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