Bly Manor boss shares update on new Netflix horror series Midnight Mass

Stephanie Chase
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Netflix

From Digital Spy

The Haunting of Bly Manor boss Mike Flanagan has shared a major update on his new Netflix horror series Midnight Mass.

Taking to Twitter, Flanagan revealed that production has wrapped on the series, as well as outlining the COVID-enforced safety measures that have been implemented on set.

Midnight Mass stars Kate Siegel and follows the “miraculous events and frightening omens" that break out among the population of an isolated island community after the arrival of a mysterious priest.

Photo credit:  Mike Windle - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Windle - Getty Images

"That's a wrap on MIDNIGHT MASS," Flanagan said. "It has been an extraordinary, unprecedented production, and I cannot be prouder of this amazing cast and crew. In fact - and I do not say this lightly - this has been the best production experience of my career."

Flanagan revealed that preparation for the series began in December 2019, but production was shut down in March 2020 because of the pandemic.

He continued: "I kept in regular contact with the cast and crew during lockdown. When talk turned to resuming production, it became clear that we might be one of the very first shows to attempt it. There was no playbook. This was completely uncharted territory.

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Photo credit: Netflix

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"We resumed prep in July 2020, and actually began shooting on August 17th. By the time certain other productions were getting headlines for 'leading the charge' and 'reigniting Vancouver production' in early September, we'd already been quietly shooting for several weeks."

Flanagan continued: "Our COVID safety protocols were thorough, scientific, and strictly enforced. Our precautions paid off - we did not miss a single day of production, and unlike a lot of other shows, we did not shut down once. Not one time. 83 shooting days, without interruption.

"Our cast and crew demonstrated remarkable respect, caution, and care for each other on a daily basis, choosing to protect each other with their behaviour, both on set and off. KN95 masks, face shields and hand sanitation became a way of daily life."

Flanagan went on to describe how successful the COVID-19 protocols they put in place were, so much so that other productions began calling them for advice. And thanks to their diligence they were able to wrap production on time.

"The plan we outlined last spring, which seemed almost impossible in its complexity and uncertainty, actually WORKED," he added. "It's as though we threw a dart in June, and somehow - against all odds - watched it hit the bullseye in December."

Flanagan ended by thanking the cast and crew of Midnight Mass and describing the series as a "dream project".

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

"It is the most personal story I've ever told," he continued. "I've been reluctant to direct a whole season again after HILL HOUSE, but I'm so glad I did in this case. I am so lucky to have worked with this cast and crew.

"2020 was a year of unprecedented awfulness on planet Earth. In the scheme of things, it feels like a television show doesn't really matter. But I feel so lucky to have worked with the amazing people I worked with, and to have gone through this experience with them all."

Midnight Mass also stars Friday Night Lights' Zach Gilford, Legion's Hamish Linklater and The X-Files' Annabeth Gish.

The Haunting of Bly Manor is now available on Netflix.

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