Mike Flanagan, the incredible mind behind some of Netflix’s best horror shows, is returning to adapt another classic horror novel and will be his last project with Netflix. Here’s everything we know about The Fall of the House of Usher, due to release in 2023.
The series is produced by Mike Flanagan‘s and Trevor Macy‘s Intrepid Pictures, the same production behind all of Flanagan’s movies and TV shows.
It comes as part of Flanagan’s overall deal with Netflix, which expired in 2022 and saw the writer, director, and producer move over to Prime Video.
Flanagan will be directing episodes, as will Michael Fimognari, who has worked on Midnight Mass, The Haunting series, and even Netflix’s To All The Boys movies.
What is the production status of The Fall of the House of Usher?
Listed by Production Weekly back in December 2021, filming was scheduled to begin in Vancouver, Canada, on January 24th, 2022, and will took place over four months. It was initially scheduled to end on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022.
Confirmation that filming had begun came from several actors posting on social media about the project. Kate Siegel posted on January 26th, pointing at a sign with the new series logo.
Flanagan later clarified that although the cast was all in Canada, the cameras hadn’t started rolling yet.
Every new journey begins with a single step. pic.twitter.com/tcl1yuwaMF
— Kate Siegel (@k8siegel) January 26, 2022
Filming didn’t get underway until January 31st and ran through to July 2022.
And we’re off. pic.twitter.com/UWT9mMPnMH
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) January 31, 2022
The show is being filmed at Bridge Studios in Burnaby, BC, Canada. It’s been the filming home for many Netflix projects over the years, including Flanagan’s past works such as Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Bly Manor, as well also for Lost in Space, Brand New Cherry Flavor, Christmas Chronicles, and Operation Christmas Drop.
Filming eventually wrapped on the series on July 9th with a heartfelt Twitter thread from Mike Flanagan confirming the wrap. We’ve included some of the main parts of this Twitter thread below:
“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.
This isn’t closing the book entirely on the “Vancouver Era” of @intrepid, I’m sure we’ll be back, but it does feel like the end of a very specific chapter. The world has changed profoundly since BLY prep began, and so many of us went through so much together.
Thank you, Vancouver, for being such a wonderful home for my entire family over these past years. My children practically grew up here. I’m sure I’ll see you soon. Until then, I wish you the best and thank you for everything.”
An update was provided by Flanagan in May 2023 in response to a piece that falsely claims the series may be up for cancelation. In the Tweet, Flanagan says:
“THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER is right on schedule, we’re just finishing delivering it, and it will air on Netflix later this year as planned. We’ll announce the date soon.”
What is the plot of The Fall of the House of Usher?
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales was first published in 1839 in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine. The short story was then included in Allen Poe’s collection of published short stories in the book Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.
Other than Midnight Mass, all of the television shows written, directed, and produced by Mike Flanagan have been adaptations of horror novels:
|The Haunting of Hill House||Shirley Jackson||1959|
|The Turn of the Screw*||Henry James||1898|
|The Midnight Club||Christopher Pike||1994|
*The Turn of the Screw was adapted into the television series The Haunting of Bly Manor
Here’s a logline that’s been released about what we can expect:
“The drama is based on multiple works from Edgar Allan Poe, it features themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities. The Fall of the House of Usher is narrated by a man who has been invited to visit his childhood friend Roderick Usher. Usher gradually makes clear that his twin sister Madeline has been placed in the family vault not quite dead. When she reappears in her blood-stained shroud, the visitor rushes to leave as the entire house splits and sinks into a lake.”
In December 2022, Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy spoke to Deadline about the upcoming Original series saying:
“MACY: We’re as thrilled as we could possibly be with how that turned out. We’ve just locked picture on all episodes, so we’ve been living with them a lot lately. And in a lot of ways, I think it’s one of our shows that could connect with the biggest audience. I love it for that reason but it also feels different than anything else on TV, and I’m proud of it for that reason. We’re very optimistic about it. And Netflix says they are too, so we’re counting on them to do right by it.
FLANAGAN: In a lot of ways, I feel like it’s the perfect bow for that Netflix era of Intrepid to pull so many cast members and elements and themes from all of the shows that we did there. It really is kind of a grand curtain call for the Netflix type of work that we did. I can tell you it’s my wife’s favorite of all of the shows, and she is always right. I’m still too close to it to say that I love the show; I’m so excited about it. And, for the tumultuous periods and events during production that you’re talking about, Bruce Greenwood really obliterated any memories of that for us and delivered this incredible performance on a show that we’re really thrilled with. So I have very high hopes for when it finally sees the light of day.”
Who is in the cast of The Fall of the House of Usher?
Mike Flanagan is extremely well known for working with actors on multiple projects. That’s absolutely going to be the case for The Fall of the House of Usher, with numerous faces from The Haunting of Hill House and, more recently, Midnight Mass returning here.
Let’s run through the cast now and we’ll walk you through the frequent Mike Flanagan players and those who are new to the Flanagan universe seperately.
Returning Players for The Fall of the House of Ushers
Among the cast members who are returning from other Mike Flanagan projects include:
- Carla Gugino (Lead in Gerald’s Game, played Olivia Crain in Hill House, Older Jamie in Bly Manor, and a very brief appearance in Midnight Mass)
- Kate Siegel (Erin Greene in Midnight Mass, Viola in Bly Manor and Theodora Crain in Hill House)
- Zach Gilford (Riley Flynn in Midnight Mass. Will also appear in Flanagan’s There’s Something Wrong with the Children)
- Annabeth Gish (Dr. Sarah Gunning in Midnight Mass, Mrs. Dudley in Hill House)
- Henry Thomas (Ed Flynn in Midnight Mass, Henry Wingrave in Bly Manor. Also appeared in Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep)
- Samantha Sloyan (Bev Keane in Midnight Mass, Leigh Crain in Hill House)
- Rahul Kohli (Sheriff Hassan in Midnight Mass, Owen in Bly Manor)
- Michael Trucco (Wade in Midnight Mass)
- T’Nia Miller (Hannah Grose in Bly Manor)
Other Cast Members Confirmed for The Fall of The House of Usher
- Mary McDonnell will play Madeline Usher described as smart and self-possessed. He was known for Battlestar Galactica and Donnie Darko.
- Mark Hamill will play Arthur Pym, the family attorney. Hamill is best known for Star Wars as well as his many voice acting roles.
- Paola Nuñez will star and is best known for Bad Boys for Life and The Son.
To begin with, Frank Langella was in the show. However, he was eventually replaced.
Langella was due to play Roderick Usher, the towering patriarch of the Usher dynasty. He’s an actor best known for Frost/Nixon and The Trial of the Chicago 7. He did begin filming the series but was reportedly fired from the production in April 2022. This was following an investigation into the actor. The report “determined that Langella had been involved in unacceptable conduct on set. As a result, a decision has been made to recast the role of Roderick Usher.”
All the scenes that had been shot with Langella were reshot and in late April 2022, it was announced Bruce Greenwood was who was to replace him.
When is the Netflix release date of The Fall of the House of Usher?
With filming taking place between January and July 2022, it’s highly unlikely we’ll see The Fall of the House of Usher released in 2022 (Flanagan’s 2022 release is The Midnight Club coming out in October 2022).
It’s more than likely we’ll see the series drop sometime in 2023. Given we see all Flanagan projects release in October, our best guess is that the show will release in October 2023.
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