The big screen version of Stephen King’s horror novel It was a huge box office hit last summer.
And now King’s sequel to The Shining is heading to the big screen, Variety revealed Wednesday.
Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film based on the novel Doctor Sleep and apparently has King’s approval to play the adult Dan Torrance.
Horror role: Ewan McGregor is set to star in Stephen King’s The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, Variety reported on Wednesday
The Shining, released in 1980, was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance with six-year-old Danny Lloyd as his young son.
It was based on the best-selling horror story published in 1977. It would be another 33 years before a follow-up was published, following Dan Torrance as he continues to deal with his ‘shining’ powers as well as the alcoholism and rage that he inherited from his father.
Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who helmed the horror movies Oculus, Absentia and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
One of the greats: The Shining, released in 1980, was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance who went on a murderous rampage after being holed up with his wife and his son, who had psychic powers, in a haunted and remote hotel
Horror writer King, pictured last month, published The Shining in 1977 and its sequel Doctor Sleep in 2013. He is reported to have approved the choice of McGregor for the role of Dan
In the sequel, the adult Dan Torrance is working in a hospice, helping dying patients and earning the nickname Dr. Sleep.
He meets a little girl Abra Stone who also has psychic powers similar to his own and he gets caught up in a plot to kidnap her to gain control of her essence.
The story culminates with a fight on the site of the Overlook Hotel, the historic hotel that was the setting for The Shining.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. had been developing Doctor Sleep as well as The Shining’s prequel Overlook Hotel for years but struggled to secure financing for either project.
But with It earning more than $700 million worldwide for New Line last year, Doctor Sleep is now being fast-tracked into pre-production.
Hit: Doctor Sleep is being fast-tracked into pre-production at Warner Bros. following the global success last summer of the big screen version of King’s It