Mike Flanagan’s Midnight Club Canceled by Netflix After One Season
Netflix has canceled Mike Flanagan‘s Midnight Club after one season at the streamer. The cancellation comes shortly after Flanagan and Trevor Macy announced they would be exiting their overall deal with the streamer and would be heading to Amazon Studios.
The Midnight Club premiered in October with a 10-episode run to praise from fans and critics. The premiere episode even set records for the most jump scares in a TV episode and brought the mastermind storytelling of Flanagan to a younger audience as the series followed a group of young teens who suffered from terminal illnesses. The teens all called Brightcliffe Hospice their home and as the title might suggest, they formed a club that would gather at the stroke of midnight to tell horrifying tales.
Of course, mystery and the supernatural extended much further from the stories they told and the series which was adapted from the YA novel series by author Christopher Pike took viewers on a spine-tingling tour of the secrets that lived within the walls of the hospice. These stories at times served as ways to cope with the struggles these characters we all grew to love were going through and the series proved to be an extremely emotional journey for the characters and viewers alike.
The series starred Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa, Sauriyan Sapkota, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, with Zach Gilford and Heather Langenkamp. The series was created by Flanagan who brought many successful projects to the streamer including The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, Gerald’s Game, and Hush which all took part in forming the Flanaverse.
Flanagan took to social media to express his disappointment in the cancellation of the series, writing:
“I’m very disappointed that Netflix has decided not to pursue a second season of THE MIDNIGHT CLUB, but as promised, here are the answers to the unresolved mysteries of season 1 (along with our plans for season 2)”
As you can see in his statement, he did something not many creators do so quickly. He realized the implications of the cancellation had on not only himself, the cast, and those who worked tirelessly to bring the series to life but also acknowledged the unfinished story fans had experienced and took it upon himself to write a blog detailing his plans for the characters in season 2 and also answering some of the burning questions fans had about the story thus far. You can check it all out HERE.
The deal with Amazon Studios will see Flanagan and Macy develop and produce projects for Prime Video for years to come. Both Flanagan and Macy shared a statement about the deal, saying:
“Amazon is a studio that we have long admired. Their commitment to engaging in groundbreaking series and content aligns with the ethos of what we have built at Intrepid. We are looking forward to working with the entire Amazon team as we bring our brand of genre productions to the service and audiences around the globe.”
This should be welcome news for fans of horror and the streamer as Flanagan has a unique flair for his storytelling within the genre as he has crafted masterpieces such as Oculus and Doctor Sleep and should continue to bring the same level of quality to the platform he will call home after this multi-year deal.