The director of Doctor Sleep, the follow-up film to 1980 horror classic The Shining, Mike Flanagan is now jiving that he and author Stephen King already have ideas for a sequel.
Flanagan told CinemaBlend.com –
“[Stephen King and I] are talking actively about what’s next, and we have a great idea for that I’m not allowed to talk about yet, but it’s really cool, and yeah, I expect there will be another chance to play in that sandbox very soon.”
The filmmaker, who adapted 2017’s Gerald’s Game from King’s 1992 novel, says it’s a “dream” come true to work on both films based on King’s stories and he hopes he can keep working with the horror author for years to come. He said –
“It’s been my dream since I was a kid to be able to adapt Stephen King, and he’s let me play in that sandbox two times; I would be thrilled to do it again.”
“He’s been happy both times, which is still like [mind-blown gesture], as long as that keeps up, if he’ll have me back, I’m there for the long haul. I’ll do as many as he’ll let me.”
Ewan McGregor plays the now grown-up Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Nicholson’s alter-ego Jack Torrance. He was played by Danny Lloyd in The Shining, which was based on the author’s 1977 book, but in Doctor Sleep he is an adult going by the name of Dan who, along with his mum Wendy, is still psychologically traumatised by the events at The Overlook Hotel.
Dan attempts to dull his “shining” powers – psychic abilities which allowed him to see the hotel’s past in the first film – with copious amounts of booze, but they return in Doctor Sleep, and he finds out a young girl also has similar abilities. As well as this, Dan has to deal with alcoholism and the rage he inherited from his father.
Doctor Sleep is in UK cinemas now and released in US cinemas on November 8th.