Here's Danny: Mike Flanagan To Direct Long-Awaited Shining Sequel
Mike Flanagan is clearly comfortable working in the horror genre. He seems even more at home when working on adaptations of Stephen King novels. Now it seems that The Oculus and Gerald's Game director is set to get behind the camera for Doctor Sleep, an adaption of King's sequel to 1980's The Shining.
Just like his father
The story continues with the story of Danny Torrance, now a middle-aged man, who has fully inherited the anger and alcoholism of his killer father. When Danny sobers up, however, we see the return of his psychic powers, along with a connection to Abra, a young girl with her own psychic abilities.
Hollywood has, for years, been attempting to make another Shining movie. A prequel entitled Overlook Hotel was in the works some time ago, with Mark Romance on board to direct the movie, which would have revolved around the hotel. There hasn't been any further movement announced on that particular project, but following the success of 2017's IT, there appears to be renewed interest in adapting Stephen King novels.
IT's the right time
It's the perfect time for a sequel to what many believe is the greatest horror of all. The success of IT, along with other recent successes such as the Insidious franchise shows that there's clearly a taste for more horror from the movie-going public. But then horror is everywhere. We see it on the small screen, with the likes of American Horror Story and Stranger Things, and we see it in games, with such titles as Friday the 13th: The Game, only released last year. There are even a number of popular slot games, offered by online casinos. Not that many still don't enjoy entertainment of a tamer variety: online bingo is all the rage right now, with sites such as Oddschecker getting in on the act, by listing numerous free bets and casino bonuses. But don't let that fool you: the public's taste for horror is as strong as ever.
Flanagan will get to work on rewriting a script previously written by Dark Tower writer Akiva Goldsman, who will stay on as executive producer. Flanagan will also produce, along with Trevor Macy, and Jon Berg from Vertigo Entertainment.
Doctor Sleep is being made by Warner Brothers, the studio behind the success of IT and its $700mn worldwide box office takings. Signing Flanagan on to the project was a smart move, as the director has been making memorable, effective, and artful horror, such as Hush, Before I Wake, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. Having already proved that he has what it takes to successfully adapt a Stephen King novel, it became an easy decision for the studio.