With Midnight Mass now on Netflix, attentions now turn to Flanagan’s next big Netflix project which will be an adaptation of The Midnight Club. Here’s an up-to-date look at everything you need to know about The Midnight Club, including the plot, cast news, production updates, and the Netflix release date.
The Midnight Club is an upcoming Netflix Original teen-horror series from The Haunting creator Mike Flanagan. Based on the hit novel from Christopher Pike, The Midnight Club will be the fifth Netflix Original series for Flanagan.
Intrepid Pictures and Field House Productions are behind the production of the series.
“I began brainstorming an adaptation of THE MIDNIGHT CLUB as a teenager, so this is a dream come true. It’s an honor to introduce a new generation of young horror fans to the world of Christopher Pike. Oh, and for you fellow Pike fans out there… the article is correct, we will be incorporating a lot of his books into the series. So whatever your favorite Pike book is, there’s a chance it’ll be part of the show.”
If you’re getting confused between the name of The Midnight Club and Midnight Mass, you’re not the only one. Flanagan blames Christopher Pike’s decision in 1994!
In fairness, Christopher Pike is the one who titled his book THE MIDNIGHT CLUB back in 1994 so pic.twitter.com/9qENOOYilQ
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) September 16, 2021
Before we dig into the gritty details of Netflix’s The Midnight Club, we want to lend our thanks to the excellent Twitter account Mike Flanagan Source (@flanagansource) who meticulously sifts through the web to find anything and everything Mike Flanagan. Props to them.
What is the production status of The Midnight Club?
Official Production Status: Post-production (Last Updated: 09/24/2021)
Good news! The series is in the metaphorical can as it were as filming wrapped up on the series in early September 2021.
Principal photography was scheduled to begin in British Columbia, Canada on March 15th, 2021 and filming did indeed get underway on that date.
Flanagan Tweeted the clapper seen below alongside the caption: “And we’re off!”
Filming took place throughout the summer of 2021 with plenty of the cast posting Instagram stories and posts from their time off of the set.
Production was scheduled to end on September 7th and 8th according to production sources but the actual last day of filming occurred on September 10th, 2021.
Mike Flanagan posted a throwback picture on Instagram in the writer’s room with Julia Bicknell (who also worked on The Haunting of Bly Manor as a co-producer).
What’s the plot of The Midnight Club?
The series is based on one of many books by prolific author Christopher Pike. It’s one of the many stand-alone novels published by the author. Some of his other best-known titles includes Remember Me, Weekend, Die Softly, Whisper of Death, and The Return.
The Midnight Club was released in 1994 and although the cover gives off the impression of a cheesy 90s young adult horror, the truth is something much deeper.
If you’ve never read the book before, here’s what the story is about:
“A group of terminally ill teenage patients resides at Rotterdam Home, and together they create the Midnight Club. They meet in secret at midnight to tell horror stories. Together the group forms a pact, that whoever dies first would make the effort to contact the rest of the Midnight Club members from beyond the grave.”
Who are the cast members of The Midnight Club?
The following cast members of The Midnight Club are recurring collaborators of Mike Flanagan:
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|TBA||Matt Biedel||Midnight Mass|
|TBA||James Flanagan||The Haunting of Hill House|
|TBA||Zach Gilford||The Purge: Anarchy|
|TBA||Igby Rigney||Blue Bloods|
Matt Biedel, Annarah Cymone, Zach Gilford, and Igby Rigney haven’t been seen on a Mike Flanagan project just yet. All four are starring in the upcoming Original series Midnight Mass.
Further cast members were announced throughout production including an additional 5 cast members announced in June 2021.
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|TBA||Adia||Danger Love Story|
|TBA||Aya Furukawa||The Cabin in the Woods|
|TBA||Heather Langenkamp||A Nightmare on Elm Street|
|TBA||William Chris Sumpter||Power|
|TBA||Iman Benson||Alexa & Kati|
|TBA||William B. Davis||The X-Files|
|TBA||Crystal Balint||The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco|
|TBA||Patricia Drake||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants|
More cast members are likely to be announced soon.
When is The Midnight Club Netflix release date?
Mike Flanagan’s official website states that the series is due out in 2022 which is a fairly broad release date.
Most of Flanagan’s series in the past have arrived around September/October time to headline Netflix’s Halloween slate so don’t be surprised to see The Midnight Club not release until late next year.
With that said, we’ll just have to wait and see for updates.
Who’s directing The Midnight Club
Mike Flanagan himself won’t be directing episodes for The Midnight Club which is usually something he does for all of his series.
Instead, Michael Fimognari is set to direct the episodes (and listed on IMDb as the cinematographer). His previous works include The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep and surprisingly, two movies in Netflix’s To All The Boys rom-com franchise.
Honored to announce the other filmmakers helming eps of THE MIDNIGHT CLUB. Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Axelle Carolyn, Viet Nguyen, Morgan Beggs, and my dear friend Michael Fimognari will all direct episodes. I'm grateful and lucky to collaborate with such terrific artists.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) June 13, 2021
What is the episode count?
It has been confirmed that The Midnight Club will have a total of ten episodes. Runtimes are yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect episodes to be between 45 and 60 minutes.
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