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‘Midnight Mass’ Director Mike Flanagan Bites Into Spielberg’s Classic ‘Jaws:’ The Film That Lit My Fuse

Mike Flanagan The Film That Lit My Fuse

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Mike Flanagan, who partners in Intrepid Pictures with producer Trevor Macy and who has cut a swath in smart horror films and television. Flanagan broke through in features, writing and directing scare fare that included Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game for Netflix and King’s The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep for Warner Bros. Flanagan and Macy have turned their attention to streaming series with strong results. First was The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix, leading to Midnight Mass for the streamer, as well as The Midnight Club, based on the novels of Christopher Pike. He’s separately adapting the Pike novel The Season of Passage for Universal, and Edgar Allan Poe’s  The Fall Of The House Of Usher for Netflix. Here is how Flanagan found his mojo.

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