Production on Mike Flanagan’s Fall of the House of Usher series is complete
Director Mike Flanagan announced early on July 9 that filming had wrapped on his highly anticipated latest project for Netflix, The Fall of House Usher. This will be Flanagan’s fifth horror miniseries, loosely based on gothic literature which he adapted for the screen under his and Trevor Macy‘s Intrepid Pictures for the streaming company. In June, Collider reported that the upcoming series was well underway and nearing the end of filming when the star returned. Rahul Kohli shared a photo of the co-star’s first wrapping gift Kate Siegel. After just under six months, Usher House enters its post-production phase.
Early in the morning of July 9, Flanagan posted on his personal Twitter that, moments before, he and the crew of their upcoming Netflix miniseries were in production. The filmmaker went on to say that the end of filming marked the end of an era for him, and considering that Flanagan filmed one masterpiece after another in Vancouver, Canada, The Fall of House Usher certainly closes a big chapter of his life. Still, he goes on to say that the packaging “doesn’t completely close the book” on his Vancouver-area affinity for Intrepid Pictures, but that a lot has changed since production began on his other fan-favorite. The Haunting of Bly Manor in 2019.
Flanagan’s post read:
“A few minutes ago we wrapped production on THE FALL OF USHER’S HOUSE, closing a huge chapter in my life. I’ve been working in Vancouver almost non-stop since BLY MANOR in 2019. We’ve done 4 series in 3 years, taking only a short break for the COVID lockdown in early 2020… It has been a privilege to work with such wonderful collaborators, actors, directors, storytellers, crew, family and friends for so long, on THIRTY-FOUR EPISODES of television – the hardest and most rewarding work of my life.”
As far as we know, The Fall of House Usher will loosely follow the script of Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story first published in 1839 and later in an anthology of tales titled Tales of the grotesque and the arabesque, as well as a collection of other short stories by Poe. According to the released logline, Flanagan’s adaptation will follow the story of titular character Roderick Usher, played by Bruce Greenwood (star trek), and his guest and childhood friend as the host slowly reveals more about his mysterious home and twin sister Madeline, played by Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica).
For those unfamiliar with Flanagan’s past works, the writer and director has adapted a number of pieces of gothic literature for the screen into miniseries that usually don’t exceed ten episodes. The material is concise, with strong emphasis on character development and eerily beautiful visuals that have blown fans away, starting in 2018 with The Haunting of Hill Housea reinvention of Shirley JacksonThe novel of the same name. In 2021, the writer deviates from his usual formula with an original scenario, religious horror Midnight Mass, which became a massive instant hit for Netflix. In most of his work, Flanagan takes a page from horror anthology enthusiast ryan murphy and has recurring stars who make an appearance on every series, including his wife and actress Siegel. For the next Flanagan fix between Usher House to watch on Netflix is his other book adaptation titled The Midnight Clubwhich will be released on Netflix on October 7 this year.
The Fall of House Usher has an all-star cast joining Kohli, Siegel, Greenwood and McDonnell which includes Marc Hamil, Carla Gugino, Willa Fitzgerald, T’Nia Miller, Annabeth Gish and more. Midnight Mass fans will be thrilled to see the return of Robert Longstreet, Samantha Sloyan, Balint Crystal, Henry Thomas, Michel Truco, Sauriya Sapkota and Zach Gilford.
With production completed, it’s only a matter of time before we have a release date for when. The Fall of House Usher will start streaming on Netflix. Check out Flanagan’s original Twitter post, along with the show’s official login line, and below:
The drama is based on several works by Edgar Allan Poe, it features themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities. The fall of House Usher is told by a man who was invited to visit his childhood friend Roderick Usher. Usher gradually clarifies that his twin sister Madeline has been placed in the not-quite-dead family vault. When she reappears in her bloodstained shroud, the visitor rushes to leave as the whole house splits and sinks into a lake.