Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to horror classic The Shining, is being adapted into a feature film, with Ewan McGregor set to star.
Variety reports that that King has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting as an adult Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining. Danny Lloyd played the role of Danny in that film.
Doctor Sleep is set to be directed by Mike Flanagan, who recently helmed Netflix’s adaptation of the King novella “Gerald’s Game.” Warner Bros. had previously been trying to develop Doctor Sleep, as well as “The Shining” prequel “Overlook Hotel,” for years, but struggled to secure a budget for either film. With the recent adaptation of King’s novel It finding both critical and commercial success, Variety notes that every studio in possession of the horror author’s IP has begun fast-tracking those properties into pre-production.
Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, now grown up and still carrying the trauma of the Overlook Hotel. He’s essentially become a reflection of his murderous father, an alcoholic with rage problems whose “shining” powers return when he embraces sobriety. He befriends a young girl who shares his abilities and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities who are hunting those with “the shine” in order to grow stronger.
Though Kubrick’s original adaptation of The Shining was considered a box office disappointment in its time, it’s now regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time and Vertigo Entertainment is banking on that film’s built-in fan base to turn out for a sequel.
Ewan McGregor will star next in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh adaptation, Christopher Robin, which hits theaters August 3, 2018.