The Netflix series will become an anthology series with Season 2's The Haunting of Bly Manor, based on Henry James’ gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw, which is set in an old country mansion. Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in 2020. The renewal comes after creator Mike Flanagan and his longtime collaborator Trevor Macy inked a "a five- or six-year pact worth in the eight-figure range," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The horror series will look "vastly different" when it returns, as The Hollywood Reporter points out: "Much as the first season drew inspiration from Shirley Jackson's famous The Haunting of Hill House novel, Bly Manor takes on a different story altogether: Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. The 1898 novella depicts an Essex country house and a governess who has been hired to look after a pair of siblings. Her work gets severely complicated by the apparent existence of several ghosts around the manor, as well as the grip they may hold over the children. James shadows his narrative in doubt, ambiguous as to whether these spirits are real, or simply apparitions in the governess' head."