The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep lands director Mike Flanagan

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Jan 26, 2018

Stephen King isn’t the only King of Horror working today.

Okay, prolific Netflix (and other) director Mike Flanagan may not be horror royalty yet, but he's certainly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the genre, as he'll be following Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and King adaptation Gerald’s Game with Doctor Sleep -- which Warner Bros. has just fast tracked, according to Deadline.

Riding on the coattails of It, this newly announced adaptation of King's The Shining sequel looks to bank on the author’s renewed power at the box office. And having such a famous predecessor can't hurt either.

Doctor Sleep follows Jack Torrance's semi-psychic kid Danny as he has aged into his 40s, and sees the younger Torrance echo the older (famously portrayed by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's masterful adaptation), with anger, drinking, and a refusal to face reality. However, his “shine” -- which helped save him at the Overlook Hotel -- also begins to connect him to others with the same abilities, some of whom are torturing and killing the others.

Basically, this is Stephen King’s X-Men novel about mutants on two sides of war, which is a pretty awesome concept. All that remains is the execution.

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According to Deadline, Flanagan will also “rewrite the script originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman,” which is likely great news for anyone that didn’t jive with Goldsman’s tepidly-received adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower series.

If Flanagan can pull this off, especially since the novel itself wasn’t particularly well-reviewed, he may just cement his place in horror royalty, though probably more on a princely scale.