Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus) has been set to direct Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, DOCTOR SLEEP for Warner Bros. The success of King’s IT has put this film on the fast track.
Flanagan will rewrite the script originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan’s producing partner Trevor Macy will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg, and Goldsman is executive producer.
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.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this project and will bring you any developments as they happen.