Mike Flanagan has established himself as the resident horror filmmaker at Netflix over the last short while. Though that isn’t exactly a title anyone has officially given him, it seems every time we turn around the director is developing a new spooky story for the streaming platform. Last year saw the release of his long awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. Earlier in the year we heard that he would be overseeing the series adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, currently in pre-production. Now, we’ve learned that he has set his sights on Stephen King’s The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.
Though reception was divided, critics and fans alike agreed that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game was one of the more loyal adaptions of King’s work. Doctor Sleep was not a huge hit for King, but if there’s one thing 2017 taught us with The Dark Tower and IT (among others), it’s that audiences want MORE Stephen King!
Doctor Sleep was published in 2013, 36 years after The Shining novel. Here’s a synopsis of the novel courtesy of StephenKing.com:
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes Doctor Sleep..
Flanagan will rewrite the script adapted by writer/director/producer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Stephanie) for Warner Bros. Goldsman will remain on as executive producer with Kevin McCormick overseeing the project. Flanagan’s longtime collaborator Trevor Macy has been brought on to produce alongside Vertigo Entertainments’ Jon Berg.
There is currently no release date scheduled for Doctor Sleep but we’ll be sure to keep you poster as more details materialize from the ether.