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Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ in the works, to be steered by ‘Oculus’ director

Mike Flanagan will handle the adaptation of the sequel to ‘The Shining’.

The Hollywood studio Warner Bros will produce an adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the author’s 1977 novel The Shining, Deadline reported. The film will be helmed by Oculus director Mike Flanagan. He will also rewrite the script of Doctor Sleep, which was originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman.

The Shining revolves around the life of alcoholic aspiring writer Jack Torrance and his young son Danny. Jack accepts the position as off-season caretaker of the Overlook Hotel and takes his family with him. But Danny possesses psychic abilities that allow him to glimpse the hotel’s horrific past. Doctor Sleep was released in 2013, and follows a grown-up Danny dealing with the same demons as his alcoholic father.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the novel, which was produced by Warner Bros, is regarded as one of the greatest horror films made. The studio has reportedly put the adaptation of Doctor Sleep on the “fast track” after the success of its horror film It (2017).

Adapted from Stephen King’s eponymous novel, It surpassed expectations to gross over $500 million worldwide. A sequel is already in the works, and is scheduled to be released in September 2019.

The Shining (1980).
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