Mike Flanagan is a name that has quickly become synonymous with quality horror projects. And most recently, he’s proven to be the top filmmaker when it comes to crafting horror limited series with three straight hit shows for Netflix. Now, it seems as if the filmmaker is making a public plea to get his hands on one of the biggest franchises in the entire industry– “Star Wars.”
Recently, Flanagan took to social media to reveal his desire to bring his horror sensibilities to the galaxy far, far away.
“Got woken up by the earthquake this morning, sat there for a few minutes just thinking ‘I’d really love to make a horror movie in the STAR WARS universe…’” tweeted Flanagan.
Of course, this is far from any sort of confirmation that Flanagan will actually get a shot to make a horror movie in the “Star Wars” universe. There’s tons of examples of filmmakers on social media expressing their interest in making franchise films. But what’s interesting here is the idea that Flanagan doesn’t just want to make a Lucasfilm-approved entry in the “Star Wars” mythos. No, he’s interested in bringing what he does best (horror) to a franchise that has never really dabbled into something that dark.
As mentioned, Flanagan is one of the biggest names in spooky cinema, with features such as “Hush,” “Gerald’s Game,” and “Doctor Sleep.” Over on TV, he’s worked on the aforementioned Netflix series, “The Haunting of Hilll House,” “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” and the recently released, “Midnight Mass.” He’s also working on two more series at Netflix, including a just-announced adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
But if “Star Wars” really wants to avoid becoming stagnant and explore different types of storytelling, why not give Flanagan the shot at a horror version of the franchise? If not for cinemas, there’s always Disney+, and we all know the streaming service is full-steam ahead on all things “Star Wars.”