Just after the release his very fine adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, Mike Flanagan [Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake] was asked which King novel he’d love to adapt the most. His answer? Doctor Sleep, King’s 2013 sequel to The Shining. Well now that wish has become a reality as it’s been reported that Warner Bros. has put an adaptation of the book on the fast track, with Flanagan set to direct. He will also rewrite the original script by Akiva Goldsman.
Doctor Sleep takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on the the now middle-aged Danny who is still traumatized. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat.
Presumably the film will also carry on from the book of The Shining and ignore the ending of Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of where [SPOILER WARNING] Jack perished in the ice and became one of the Overlook Hotel’s ghosts….