Nearly forty years after it first arrived in theaters, a big screen sequel to The Shining is finally coming together. Warner Bros. has put a fast-track on a new sequel film based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel, Doctor Sleep.
The novel catches readers up with Danny Torrance, who was just a young child in The Shining but is now in his forties with struggles of his own.
Danny has unwittingly followed the footsteps put forth by his father (played by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 film), by becoming a rage-filled alcoholic.
After coming back into sync with his psychic “shining” abilities, Danny finds solace by helping dying patients find peace at a hospice facility.
Up-and-coming horror director Mike Flanagan will helm the film adaptation of Doctor Sleep and will rework the script by writer Akiva Goldsman.
In an interview just last month, Flanagan openly expressed interest in adapting Doctor Sleep for the big screen, and it appears Warner Bros. was listening.
Flanagan is known for the films Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, and Oujia: Origin of Evil, and won high praise from King himself for his recent adaptation of the author’s novel, Gerald’s Game.
After the massive success of last year’s big screen King adaptation, It, Warner Bros. was reportedly eager to greenlight another potential hitmaker.
One interesting question, though, is whether the film will serve as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining or keep a separate continuity.
Though The Shining has become a horror classic and is adored by fans and critics alike, King himself has famously always disliked the film version of his 1977 novel.
Despite some changes, the film and book are close enough in content that the film version of Doctor Sleep will likely be able to toe the line between the two, making it a true sequel to both the book and the movie.