It sounds like Stephen King‘s ‘Doctor Sleep‘ is finally moving forward with a director! It’s been announced that Mike Flanagan (‘Hush’,’Absentia’) will be tackling the movie. For those who are unfamiliar with this piece of King’s work, it is the follow up to ‘The Shining’ which has a huge following in both novel form and from the original feature film.
Flanagan has already proven himself in horror with ‘Oculus‘ and more importantly on King’s Netflix series ‘Gerald’s Game.’ It isn’t clear if this project will be based on the script which Akiva Goldsman (‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ’Fringe’) started to pen back in 2016 or will have a new writer attached. Goldsman has had mixed results in his past. While he has put out some massively successful movies, he also wrote the highly divisive ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman & Robin’.
The book was published in 2013 where we see young Danny Torrance from ‘The Shining’ all grown up and working against alcoholism and the trauma he went through as a child. He is given a chance to use his powers to help out a young girl. The movie is being tackled by Warner Brothers Pictures who are hoping to recreate even a fraction of the success which they found in the 2017 release of ‘It.’
If King had any approval to sign off on this, it will likely be based purely on the novel and not touch at all any of the changes which were made from the 1980 Stanley Kubrick adaptation. While a cult classic, it is the one work by King which he can’t stand the changes which were made.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter