Mike Flanagan’s Next Netflix Horror Series Midnight Mass Wraps Filming
Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan took to Twitter to reveal that filming on Netflix’s newest horror series Midnight Mass has finally been completed after getting delayed earlier this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Describing the series as “the best production experience,” of his career, Flanagan went on to detail the process that they went through in order to ensure the smooth flow of production as well as the health and safety of the cast and crew. Check out his full Twitter thread below!
That’s a wrap on MIDNIGHT MASS. It has been an extraordinary, unprecedented production, and I cannot be prouder of this amazing cast and crew. In fact – and I do not say this lightly – this has been the best production experience of my career.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) December 16, 2020
“That’s a wrap on Midnight Mass,” Flanagan said in his long Twitter thread. “It has been an extraordinary, unprecedented production, and I cannot be prouder of this amazing cast and crew. In fact – and I do not say this lightly – this has been the best production experience of my career.”
He continued, “We began prepping this series in December, 2019. We were mere days away from shooting when the production was shut down in March 2020 because of the pandemic. We left our sets standing, dropped everything and frantically got our cast and crew to their homes as the lockdown began.”
“We resumed prep in July 2020, and actually began shooting on August 17th. By the time certain other productions were getting headlines for “leading the charge” and “reigniting Vancouver production” in early September, we’d already been quietly shooting for several weeks. Our COVID safety protocols were thorough, scientific, and strictly enforced. Our precautions paid off – we did not miss a single day of production, and unlike a lot of other shows, we did not shut down once. Not one time. 83 shooting days, without interruption.”
He also went on to praise and show gratitude to the cast and crew for their cooperation and hard work, “This series has been a dream project of mine for many, many years. It is the most personal story I’ve ever told. I’ve been reluctant to direct a whole season again after HILL HOUSE, but I’m so glad I did in this case. I am so lucky to have worked with this cast and crew.”
In Midnight Mass, an isolated island community experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. The horror series will consist of seven episodes and will be executive produced by creator/director Flanagan and Trevor Macy (The Haunting of Hill House, Oculus). The series was picked up under the streamer’s multi-year television deal with Flanagan and Macy of Intrepid Pictures and is set to begin production this spring in Vancouver with Flanagan directing all seven episodes.
The cast will be a reunion between Flanagan and many Hill House stars, including Robert Longstreet, Annabeth Gish, and Henry Thomas. Also set to star in the series are Michael
Trucco (Hunter Killer), Samantha Sloyan (Grey’s Anatomy), Rahul Abburi (Killer Ransom), Crystal Balint (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Matt Biedel (Altered Carbon), Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep), Rahul Kohli (Supergirl), Kristin Lehman (The Chronicles of Riddick), Igby Rigney (Blue Bloods) and Annarah Shephard.
This marks the third collaboration between Flanagan and Netflix after working together on the popular horror anthology series The Haunting of Hill House in 2018 which was recently followed up by The Haunting of Bly Manor last October, Both seasons starred Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas and Carla Gugino.
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