The Shining is one of the more beloved horror films of all time coming from the legendary director Stanley Kubrick and featuring one of Jack Nicholson’s most famous performances. The film was an adaptation of a novel written by Stephen King in 1977. King famously hated the film.
Now horror director Mike Flannagan, who has already handled one Stephen King adaptation already in Gerald’s Game is going to adapt King’s sequel novel Doctor Sleep. The film features a grown up Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Torrance, the man who went insane at the Overlook Hotel.
Danny will be played by everyone’s favorite (or second favorite) Obi Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor. I never read this book but I read the original novel before I saw the film. Doctor Sleep is probably sitting on at shelf in my house I just never read it.
Apparently the film will focus on an adult Danny who has struggled with alcoholism. His psychic abilities are beginning to reemerge and he meets a young girl with abilities of her own. Apparently the novel revisits the Overlook Hotel so I’d imagine the movie will as well.
Stephen King’s properties are a hot now as they ever we. We’ve gotten IT, Gerald’s Game, 1922 and Mr Mercedes adaptations within the last year or so and a new series featuring several of his characters called Castle Rock will debut on Hulu this summer.
There is also a Pet Sematary remake coming with Jon Lithgow and Jason Clarke attached as well as a sequel to IT featuring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy with Bill Skarsgard coming back to play Pennywise.