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Stanley Kubrick adapted Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Shining, in 1980. King released its sequel novel, Doctor Sleep, on September 2013. The film adaptation has now found its director.

Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) directed the 2017 Netflix exclusive, Gerald’s Game, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Before directing, Flanagan will rewrite a script by The Dark Tower screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman.

Warner Bros will distribute Doctor Sleep. Kevin McCormick will oversee the film with Trevor Macy, Akiva Goldsman and Jon Berg producing.

Mike Flanagan on the set of HUSH (2016).

Doctor Sleep

Following the events of The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows a middle-aged Danny Torrance. He still suffers from trauma by his family’s stay at the Overlook Hotel. Throughout the years, Danny falls into a downward spiral of rage and alcoholism, much like his father before him. In his 40s, Danny moves away to New Hampshire for a clean start. He gives up drinking and begins working in a hospice. There, he receives the nickname of “Doctor Sleep.”

In the wake of his sobriety, Danny’s suppressed “shining” power returns. He becomes psychically connected with a young girl with the same ability. Because a group with the shining trait target her, he decides to help the young girl. The events from the Overlook Hotel directly tie in with the plot of this sequel.

Mike Flanagan is currently in production on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, set for release late this year. The series is an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name. There is no official release date for Doctor Sleep just yet.

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