You won’t find a trace of Mike Flanagan’s ‘Midnight Club’ movie script

You won’t find a trace of Mike Flanagan’s ‘Midnight Club’ movie script

A young college-aged Flanagan was forced by Christopher Pike’s editors to destroy his original version.

Nick Romano

By Nick Romano October 06, 2022 at 05: 21 PM EDT

The horror maven behind The Haunting of Hill House and Doctor Sleep went way back to the very beginnings of his new Netflix series while stopping by EW’s New York Comic Con suite Thursday.

” This is something I have wanted to do since childhood,” Flanagan stated. “I read Christopher Pike when it was too late for me to do so, but I felt like I was doing something right. When I was in college, I tried to write a script The Midnight Club . I wrote the entire script. It was going to be a feature-length film. It was something I was very excited about and I was creating a huge investment package to encourage friends and family to invest. I reached out to the publishers and said, “I can’t wait for this.” Please grant my permission. ‘”

Their response was not ideal. “They replied, “Cease and desist, and destroy any copies of the script.” Flanagan said that Flanagan didn’t have permission for adaptation. “So I very sheepishly destroyed all of them.” He did not even keep one copy. “I was afraid of being sued. “

Chris Sumpter on ‘The Midnight Club’

Chris Sumpter on ‘The Midnight Club’

| Credit: Eike Schroter/Netflix

Fast-forward to now, and Flanagan, with co-creator Leah Fong and executive producer Trevor Macy, is about to debut The Midnight Club, a streaming series inspired by Pike horror’s novels.

The main story for the show is largely based on — you guessed it — The Midnight Club, Pike’s 1994 book. Brightcliffe Hospice’s terminally ill teens sneak out at midnight to share ghost stories and search for signs of the outside world. Each story is a mini-adaptation of a Pike book.

Flanagan and Macy joined EW to interview cast members Iman Benjaminson, Igby Riigney, Adia Furukawa and Sauriyan Sapkota. Annarah Cymone and Chris Sumpter also joined EW. The first eight star as the teen members of the Midnight Club, while Langenkamp, a legendary scream queen of A Nightmare on Elm Street, plays Dr. Georgina Stanton, head of Brightcliffe.

On her return to acting after so many years working behind the camera, Langenkamp said she needed a role that was just as special as Nancy in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. She said, “It had got to be a great role.” It had to be something I could say in the future, “Oh, Georgina Stanton. It had to be a great role. I feel like it was. I love my role so much. “

Watch the complete interview in the video above. The Midnight Club launches Friday on Netflix.

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