Ewan McGregor reportedly has agreed to star as an all-grown-up version of Danny Torrance in a time-jumping movie sequel to The Shining, Stanley Kubrick’s landmark 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel.
Variety reports that McGregor is signed on for Warner Bros.’ big-screen production of King’s Dr. Sleep, the 2013 sequel that follows up on Danny’s harrowing terror trip (eerily portrayed by Danny Lloyd in the 1980 movie) to the Overlook Hotel.
Dr. Sleep finds an adult Danny struggling with the same alcoholism issues that consumed Jack Torrance, Danny’s famously psychotic dad brought vividly to life (and death) by Jack Nicholson. Now in his mid-40s, Danny finally reaches a crossroads in his life and decides it’s time to get sober.
Retained from childhood is Danny’s continued ability to “shine,” tuning into an extrasensory gift that both endangered and, ultimately, saved him and his mother Wendy (Shelley Duvall) in the original story.
Getting sober revives Danny’s powers, and he tries to put them to good use by working with terminally ill hospice patients. But after forging a bond with a young girl who also possess the same power, Danny discovers that there are bad people out there with similar gifts — and they want the girl dead.
Horror specialist Mike Flanagan (Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil) will direct Dr. Sleep, one of two films the studio reportedly has been eying as fresh expansions on King’s original Shining lore. There’s no release date attached yet to Dr. Sleep, so stay tuned for updates.