“Come and play with us, Danny.” Ewan McGregor has entered into talks with Warner Bros. for ‘Doctor Sleep,’ a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1977 horror ‘The Shining’ that will see the ‘Trainspotting’ star playing an adult Danny Torrance.
Published in 2013, ‘Doctor Sleep’ continues on the story that began in ‘The Shining,’ picking up with Jack Torrence’s son Danny who is now a middle-aged man. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Danny (now going by Dan) has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence.
Settling in a New Hampshire town, Dan finds an AA community that sustains him and a gets a job as a orderly at a nursing home where he uses his remnant “shining” power to bring comfort to the dying patients. However, just as Dan begins to settle into his new role, he establishes a psychic connection with Abra Stone, a young girl who shares his psychic abilities and is being targeted by The True Knot, a tribe of quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
‘Oculus’ and ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ filmmaker Mike Flanagan, who previously directed another one of King’s adaptations, ‘Gerald’s Game’ for Netflix, is attached to direct, with Trevor Macy producing along with Jon Berg over at Vertigo Entertainment.