The pre-production of Doctor Sleep (2020) goes full-throttle. The adaptation of this Stephen King novel released in September 2013 which it serves as a sequel for The Shining won’t see the light until January 2020. Still, now we know that Ewan McGregor will incarnate Danny Torrance, the already grown up son of Jack Torrance, the crazed character immortalized by Jack Nicholson in the original movie, while Rebecca Ferguson will have the part of Rose the Hat.
As it was announced early this year, Mike Flanagan has been the chosen one to be in charge of this movie, a sequel of the magnificent Stanley Kubrick horror classic The Shining (1980), the filmmaker has been slowly becoming one of the interesting names in the genres of horror and mystery, especially thanks to his movies Oculus (2013) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016). This is not the first time Mike Flanagan is adapting a Stephen King novel. His most recent work to date is the Netflix Original Gerald’s Game (2017), also based in one of the superstar author’s novels.
The plot of Doctor Sleep goes around Danny Torrance as a middle-aged man drifting through America in order to shed his father’s alcoholism, which passed down to him in order to forget the events of “The Shining“. After landing into a small Massachusetts town and with the aid of a cat becomes “Doctor Sleep“. After meeting a young girl with the most powerful shining Danny‘s ever seen, he must now face the demons of his past and the demons of the present in order to save her from a horrifying evil known as “The True Knot“.
Although John Cusack had expressed interest in playing adult Danny Torrence, at the end it has been Scottish actor Ewan McGregor who won the part, with Stephen King’s approval. The screenplay has been written by director Mike Flanagan together with Akiva Goldsman, known for the scripts of other popular adaptation films like Batman Forever (1995), Lost in Space (1998), I, Robot (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006), I Am Legend (2007), Insurgent (2015) or the most recent Stephen King based The Dark Tower (2017). Stephen King also takes the position of executive producer in the Doctor Sleep adaptation. Warner Bros. is in head of the production.
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