The Sequel To Stephen King's The Shining, DOCTOR SLEEP, Moves Forward with Director Mike Flanagan
Two years ago, it was announced that Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, would be adapted by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man). We haven't really heard much about the film since, but it looks like Warner Bros. is ready to move forward with the project as they've hired Mike Flanagan to direct the film. Flanagan is best known for his films Oculus, Ouija, Gerald's Game and Hush, all of which were solid movies. Gerald's Game and Hush were freakin' great, though!
I've been wondering what was going on with this project because I've been looking forward to seeing this story adapted for the big screen. I think Flanagan is a solid director, and I'm excited to see what he does with it. Flanagan will also rewrite the script that Goldsman wrote.
After the success of Stephen King's IT, it's not surprising that the studio would want to get this film rolling. Stephen King stories are a hot commodity in Hollywood right now and I imagine were going to see a lot more Stephen King movies being made in the years to come.
The Shining centers on Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny as they live in the haunted Overlook Hotel during the winter season to take care of it. It's there that the hotel possesses Jack and he slowly becomes possessed by the hotel and nightmarishly torments his wife and son.
Doctor Sleep takes place several years after the events that took place at the Overlook Hotel. It focuses on Jack's son Danny who is now a middle-aged man. He is still traumatized by what happened at the hotel all those years ago and he throughout his life he had to deal with anger management and alcoholism issues. However, in an effort to get his life back together, he gives up drinking and settles down in a small town in New Hampshire. It is at this point in his life where his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone. Turns out this girl's life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals who suck the energy from people. They are led by a man named Rose the Hat and Danny has to save her from them.
Do you think Flanagan will be able to properly adapt Doctor Sleep for the big screen?