Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Mike Flanagan To Helm Stephen King's 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'

Mike Flanagan To Helm Stephen King's 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'

He'll be working alongside producing partner Trevor Macy, after the two adapted Gerald's Game, another one from King's oeuvre, for Netflix late a year ago.

Just a month after horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan spoke about wanting to adapt Stephen King's sequel to The Shining into a feature film, he's been hired to do just that.

"Doctor Sleep" tells the story of Danny Torrance from "The Shining", 30 years after the events of that book. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep". However, he also had some experience in bringing the words of Stephen King to life thanks to Gerald's Game. As with his murderous father, he suffers from anger and alcoholism as the result of trying to boring his pain. His horror credits include movies like Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil. The powers come up when he is sober and Danny uses them to help the dying at a hospice.

Flanagan's first order of business will be to rewrite the script that was originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman.

Doctor Sleep follows Jack Torrance's semi-psychic kid Danny as he has aged into his 40s, and sees the younger Torrance echo the older (famously portrayed by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's masterful adaptation), with anger, drinking, and a refusal to face reality. Trevor Macy will co-produce the film along with Jon Berg of Vertigo Entertainment.

Deadline has the news, reporting that Flanagan has officially teamed up with Warner direct Doctor Sleep.

Sandberg were two other directors who turned their horror shorts (Mama and Lights Out, respectively) into a string of cult-hit horror successes; now they're both directing big tentpole franchises for Warner Bros., in the forms of IT and Shazam!

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