'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep' Sets Mike Flanagan as Director

Posted January 28, 2018

Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep". This must be a triumphant moment for Flanagan, who stated late a year ago that Doctor Sleep was one of his dream Stephen King adaptations, saying, "Who wouldn't want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrance?".

Doctor Sleep follows the adult Danny Torrence, years after the traumatic events at the Overlook Hotel, who grapples with the same alcohol and anger issues his father experienced. Goldsman will still be on board as executive director. Dan Torrance still has "shining" powers that enable him to provide a final comfort to the dying, but in the new story he meets Abra Stone, a young girl whose "shining" surpasses his own. He also comes across a group of scary people with similar abilities that are targeting her. However, his "shine" - which helped save him at the Overlook Hotel - also begins to connect him to others with the same abilities, some of whom are torturing and killing the others. Now, Warner Bros. has found the person it wants to direct the film. The latter was adapted into a hit movie starring Jack Nicholson in 1980.

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Mike Flanagan, who directed the excellent adaptation of Gerald's Game, is set to rewrite the screenplay from Akiva Goldsman - however no release date has been confirmed as of yet. On the Netflix side of things, Flanagan is now working with Macy on a production of "The Haunting of Hill House". And Flanagan is widely seen as one of horror's rising stars, with films such as Absentia, Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Hush and Before I Wake packed into his resume over just the past seven years.

It seems like Flanagan is ready and excited to be involved in another King adaptation.