The Shining is one of those films that everyone will be familiar with even if they haven’t seen it. From the Grady twins who want nothing more than to play to Jack Nicholson trying to overcome his penchant for being a dull boy by murdering his wife and son, The Shining is full of classic cinema moments.
It was no surprise, then, when novelist Stephen King released a sequel called Doctor Sleep, and it is no surprise that that too has now secured a movie deal.
Doctor Sleep follows the story of Danny, a young boy in The Shining, as an adult who has inherited his murderous father’s legacy of anger and alcoholism. Settling in New Hampshire and giving up alcohol, his psychic abilities, or his ‘shining’, begin to remerge and he uses them to comfort dying patients at a hospice, earning the nickname ‘Doctor Sleep’.
It may sound all very pleasant and nothing like The Shining, but things take a sinister turn when Danny forges a psychic link with a 12 year-old girl named Abra who is being hunted by a group of psychics called the True Knot who wish to ‘feed’ off her powers.
This is one more in a string of Stephen King works to find their way onto the silver screen: Cell is being adapted with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack; It is being remade; and the long-running King Series The Dark Tower is being adapted with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
King will act as Executive Producer for the film adaption of Doctor Sleep but there is currently no director attached to the project.