Ewan McGregor will be starring as Danny Torrance in the adaption of Stephen King’s novel titled ‘Doctor Sleep,’ the sequel to King’s horror classic ‘The Shining,’ as per a report by Variety. King has given his approval to McGregor being cast in the movie, say the sources.
The movie will be directed by Oculus and Hush director Mike Flanagan, who has also previously directed the adaptation of last King novel, ‘Gerald’s Game’ while Trevor Macy will be producing the movie along with Jon Berg from Vertigo Entertainment.
Warner Bros. was constantly working on making “Doctor Sleep” and also the prequel of ‘The Shining’ titled ‘Overlook Hotel’ since years, however, the studio is struggling to finalize a budget for both the movies.
‘Doctor Sleep’ will star Torrance in his middle age, who is still haunted by demons internal and real both. He works as the nurse at a hospice and will use his psychic powers to develop a psychic connection with a girl who has similar psychic abilities as him. The two will then work together to face against the evil forces lingering in the Overlook Hotels, who likely have abilities of their own and feed off the ‘steam’ which comes from the victims and grow their power.
The novel, however, did not gain a lot of great reviews but the movie ‘Gerald’s Game,’ did earn good reviews and revenue so it is likely that ‘Doctor Sleep’ may also end up somewhere in the middle at least.
Notably, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of ‘The Shining’ which starred Jack Nicolson and Shelley Duvall did not perform well at the box office as it earned $44 million, being made on a budget of $19 million. However, now it is believed that ‘Doctor Sleep’ will be one of the great horror adaptations considering its fan base for the adaptation.