Warner Bros. has launched development of Stephen King’s 2013 horror novel “Doctor Sleep,” a sequel to King’s iconic 1977 story “The Shining.”
The studio has hired “Oculus” director Mike Flanagan to helm and rewrite the script originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan’s producing partner Trevor Macy will produce, along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg. Goldsman is an executive producer and Kevin McCormick is overseeing for the studio.
“Doctor Sleep” is centered on the Danny Torrance character from “The Shining,” carrying the trauma from the events at the Overlook Hotel into his adulthood. Warner Bros. released the movie “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers, in 1980s. Nicholson starred as Jack Torrance, a writer who agrees to become the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado during its off season. Duvall played his wife Wendy and Lloyd played his son Danny.
Flanagan and Macy collaborated on the Netflix adaptation of the King novel “Gerald’s Game,” which stars Carla Gugino, and are in production on the series “The Haunting of Hill House,” also for Netflix.
Zahn McClarnon is in talks to join Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to the horror classic “The Shining.”
McClarnon is coming off his breakout role as Akecheta, the Native American host in HBO’s “Westworld,” and has been on the radar of several execs following the season finale.
Warner Bros is setting Carl Lumbly to play Dick Halloran and Alex Essoe to play Wendy Torrance in Doctor Sleep, the continuation of the storyline from The Shining. Those are the roles that Scatman Crothers and Shelley Duvall played in the Stanley Kubrick-directed original.