MIKE FLANAGAN
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UPCOMING PROJECTS
DOCTOR SLEEP (2020)
TELEVISION
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
FILMS
GERALD'S GAME
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL
HUSH
BEFORE I WAKE
OCULUS
ABSENTIA
BEHIND THE SCENES
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (Behind the Scenes)
OCULUS (Behind the Scenes)
OTHER VIDEOS PRODUCTION NOTES FAQ CONTACT

ABOUT MIKE

Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland, where he was active in the theatre department and the president of the Student Government Association.

A graduate of Towson University's Electronic Media and Film department, he began his feature film career at the age of 21, just as digital video was beginning to become a presence in film production. After helming the digital features MAKEBELIEVE (2000,) STILL LIFE (2001) and GHOSTS OF HAMILTON STREET (2003) as an undergrad, Mike moved to Los Angeles and began working as an editor of sketch comedy shows, reality television, documentary programming and commercials.

In 2005, Flanagan turned to the horror genre for the first time with the short film OCULUS: Chapter 3. Planned to be one installment of an anthology series about a haunted mirror, the film shot on the miniscule budget of $2,000 went on to win over a dozen awards at film festivals around the world.  

In 2011, Flanagan cemented his reputation as a promising horror director with ABSENTIA, a Kickstarter-financed feature shot in and around Flanagan's Glendale, CA apartment, on a shoestring budget of $70,000. This minimalist, dread-filled feature was met with critical acclaim and also won numerous awards on the film festival circuit, establishing him as a "major new talent" (Sound on Sight) in the horror genre.

Flanagan's career truly began when OCULUS was expanded into a feature film in 2012 by Intrepid Pictures, and acquired for a wide theatrical release by Relativity Media following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.

Trevor Macy of Intrepid Pictures then produced Flanagan's 2014 production of BEFORE I WAKE (often cited as his personal favorite original screenplay), starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane. The film was acquired by Relativity Media for release, but Relativity's bankruptcy in 2015 has left the release status of BEFORE I WAKE in question (it was eventually released on Netflix in 2017).

While BEFORE I WAKE was in limbo in 2015, Flanagan secretly began production on HUSH, a low-budget thriller co-written and starring Kate Siegel. After being unveiled for buyers in Toronto, HUSH premiered at SXSW and was acquired by Netflix, where it was released exclusively. Siegel and Flanagan were married shortly after the film was released on Netflix in 2016.

In late 2015, Flanagan began production on OUIJA 2 for Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, and Blumhouse Productions. The sequel to the enormously successful OUIJA saw Flanagan reunited with OCULUS Producer Trevor Macy and star Annalise Basso. The film was met with critical acclaim, and was a box office success, grossing over 80 million dollars worldwide.

In the fall of 2016, Flanagan began production on his passion project: an adaptation of Stephen King's GERALD'S GAME. Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, the film was released as a Netflix exclusive in 2017 to critical acclaim.

In 2017, Flanagan made his first foray into television by creating, show-running and directing Netflix's THE HAUNTING OF A HILL HOUSE, a 10-episode re-imagining of Shirley Jackson's iconic novel. Produced by Flanagan's producing partner Trevor Macy, Amblin Partners and Paramount Television, the series was released in October 2018.

Immediately following production on HILL HOUSE, Flanagan began work on his second Stephen King adaptation, this time adapting DOCTOR SLEEP (King's sequel to THE SHINING) for Warner Brothers. Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Zahn McClarnon, the film will be released in theaters worldwide in January 2020.

Flanagan lives in Glendale, CA with his wife Kate Siegel. They have one son, Cody Paul Flanagan (born on November 26, 2016). His oldest son is Rigby Flanagan-Bell (born October 15, 2010), from his relationship with ABSENTIA actress Courtney Bell.