'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep' Sets Mike Flanagan as Director

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald's Game) has been hired to write and direct an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, King's novel that explores the troubled life of Danny Torrance (Redrum!) 40 years after his famous stay at the Overlook Hotel.

Director Mike Flanagan is going back into the world of Stephen King.

The source novel follows Danny Torrance - the child gifted with the Shining, which is basically psychic powers - into adulthood where he now suffers from alcoholism following many years of psychological trauma following the events that took place in the Overlook Hotel.

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Doctor Sleep is officially beginning to coalesce at Warner Bros., and we'll be keeping you right up-to-date as this story unfolds. He will also rewrite the screenplay, which was originally penned by Akiva Goldsman, one of the many cooks who toiled away on The Dark Tower. Trevor Macy will co-produce the film along with Jon Berg of Vertigo Entertainment. He's become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his "shining" powers.

After the massive success of last year's big screen King adaptation, It, Warner Bros. was reportedly eager to greenlight another potential hitmaker. However, the power returns when he embraces sobriety to use his gift to help the dying at a hospice. The scary group has discovered that their powers are enhanced when inhaling the "steam" that emanates from those with the shining power, especially when they suffer painful deaths. Now, Warner Bros. has found the person it wants to direct the film. While King himself famously disliked that adaptation, it did well at the box office and starred Jack Nicholson in the lead, along with Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. They have also collaborated on "Ouija: Origin of Evil", "Hush" and "Before I Wake", the last of which was released by Netflix on January 5.

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