Earlier in the year we reported that Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus) would be directing an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s 2013 sequel to The Shining. Now, we are pleased to report that Doctor Sleep has its Danny Torrance in the form of Ewan McGregor.
Flanagan is no stranger to King material and directed an impressive, faithful adaptation of Gerald’s Game last year. When asked what King novel he’d like to tackle next he stated Doctor Sleep, so it’s great to see that his wish has come true. He was also rumoured to be adapting Pet Sematary, but that job went to Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer.
In Doctor Sleep, a now adult Danny is still plagued by the terrifying events that occurred at the Overlook hotel all those years ago. Similarly to his father, he develops a problem with rage, alcohol and anger, so decides to give up the drink as an attempt to get a grip on his life. He is soon drawn to a dying girl, who is being targeted by the True Knot, a group that seeks those with the power of the Shining.
Look out for more casting news and be sure to check out Doctor Sleep when it hits cinemas on 24th January 2020.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)