Mike Flanagan Set To Direct Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, The Shining Sequel
The year of Stephen King continues it’s roll into 2018 with Warner Bros. signing writer/director Mike Flanagan to take the helm of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. The story finds a grown up Danny Torrance who is struggling with the same demons as his father when we last saw him in The Shining.
Flanagan will rewrite a script from Akiva Goldsman.
Deadline reports the novel begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a scary group with the similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths. There are direct connections to the Overlook Hotel and the incidents there that informed The Shining, which Stanley Kubrick directed in the classic 1980 Warner Bros film.
We were just discussing with our boss Tom Holland the other day that The Shining doesn’t need to be remade. Same goes for Misery. Bringing the story back to life with Doctor Sleep feels like the way to go and Mike Flanagan has a great sense of Stephen’s story telling having completed Gerald’s Game for Netflix.
Really looking forward to how this one turns out!