It seems not only did young Danny Torrence escape the Overlook Hotel with his life, he grew up to be Ewan McGregor! We figure that’s a nice consolation prize for your dad chasing you through a haunted hotel with an ax. Variety reported on Wednesday that McGregor will play the adult Danny in Director Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep.
Doctor Sleep will adapt Steven King’s novel of the same name, a sequel to The Shining. The book picks up years after the terrifying events at the Overlook and follows the adult Danny Torrence as he copes with the trauma of his childhood and his ever-present power to “shine.”
Dan Torrence has fallen into alcoholism to suppress the ghosts of his past and his psychic “shining” ability. But after going sober and moving to New Hampshire, his powers begin to return. He begins working at a hospice and develops a psychic connection with a young girl named Abra who shares his ability. But a mysterious cult seeks to kill and feed off the powers of “shining” people. Dan must defend Abra and himself from the group and their mysterious leader.
After the record-breaking success of IT (2017), every studio is prioritizing adaptations of King’s work. It’s adding up to a horror fan’s dream come true, with new King adaptations and remakes coming to theaters and television everywhere you look.
Doctor Sleep has quickly lined up a recipe for horror greatness. Mike Flanagan is a horror pro, with films such as Oculus (2013), Hush (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), and his previous King adaptation, Gerald’s Game (2017) under his belt. Now with a lead actor as talented as Ewan McGregor, Doctor Sleep could be the next great King adaptation.
Doctor Sleep is coming January 24th, 2020, from Warner Bros.