Stephen King’s iconic tale The Shining will soon have its sequel brought to life on the big screen as Mike Flanagan has been selected to direct Doctor Sleep. The story dips into the paranormal as it follows Danny Torrence’s (now Dan) traumatized life after The Overlook. Mr. Flanagan will have his hands full as Dan battles his own demons and soon realizes that he does not ‘shine’ alone.
“Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes Doctor Sleep.” – Source: StephenKing.com
Expectations for Doctor Sleep are sure to be high considering that King’s classic The Shining has been adapted not just once but twice, for movie and TV. Even those not well versed in the Stephen King universe can fondly remember Jack Nicholson’s “Here’s Johnny!”. Fortunately, director Mike Flanagan, having headed up the horror hit Occulus as well as being part of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game recently released on Netflix, has the experience necessary to deliver us discerning King fans a movie that is “just what the doctor ordered”. Keep an eye out for Doctor Sleep! Tell Fan Fest News what Stephen King classics you think should hit the big screen.
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