After the huge blockbuster success that was Stephen King’s It, Warner Bros has put the sequel to King’s The Shining on the fast track. Mike Flanagan is set to direct DOCTOR SLEEP, an adaptation of King’s 2013 novel that continues the story of Danny Torrance when he is in his 40s and struggling with the same demons and alcoholism that haunted his father.
The novel begins with Danny carrying the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He becomes a spitting image of his father, with constant rage and a drinking problem that dulls his “shining” powers. However, the power returns when he embraces sobriety to use his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He quickly establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his abilities and is being targeted by a powerful group with similar abilities.
This won’t be the first King project for Flanagan, who wrote and directed 2017’s Gerald’s Game, which starred Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. I personally think Flanagan knocked Gerald’s Game out of the park, so I’m excited to see what he does with the film…Even though I feel as if Stanley Kubrick is rolling over in his grave at the news.
Flanagan’s first order of business will be to rewrite the script that was originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan’s producing partner Trevor Macy will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg, and Goldsman will executive produce. Kevin McCormick is overseeing Doctor Sleep for Warner Bros.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic The Shining starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers.
Flanagan also helmed the horror hit Oculus. He is currently in production on The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix. He is represented by WME.
This was first reported by Deadline.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern