Oculus’ Mike Flanagan Tapped To Direct Stephen King’s Shining Sequel, DOCTOR SLEEP!

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.

The Doctor Sleep adaptation picks up the life of the Redrum kid Danny Torrance when he is in his 40s and struggling with the same demons of anger and alcoholism that plagued his father.

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.

Source: Deadline

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I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all around affinity for things that go bump in the night!

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