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Mike Flanagan to Direct Sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep

Mike Flanagan to Direct Sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep

Basically, this is Stephen King's X-Men novel about mutants on two sides of war, which is a pretty awesome concept.

After moving forward with a writer in 2016, Warner Bros. has at last chosen a director for its adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's 2013 sequel to his horror classic The Shining. As with his murderous father, he suffers from anger and alcoholism as the result of trying to boring his pain. On one hand, Doctor Sleep isn't especially good. Both have led to the dilution of his "Shining" powers, which slowly begin to re-emerge as Danny turns to sobriety, and uses them to help hospice patients. He quickly establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his abilities and is being targeted by a powerful group with similar abilities.

Flanagan's first order of business will be to rewrite the script that was originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman. Trevor Macy will co-produce the film along with Jon Berg of Vertigo Entertainment. They've found that their powers grow if they inhale the "steam" that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths. It'll be interesting to see how Flanagan and Warner Bros. approach Doctor Sleep, as it is very much a sequel to King's The Shining and not a sequel to Kubrick's The Shining.




Flanagan helmed the horror hit Oculus, and he and Macy just teamed for the Netflix adaptation of the King novel Gerald's Game, which stars Carla Gugino. On the Netflix side of things, Flanagan is now working with Macy on a production of "The Haunting of Hill House".

Flanagan has a lot of experience in horror, directing Absentia, Hush, Before I Wake, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

It seems like Flanagan is ready and excited to be involved in another King adaptation.

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