By Creative Media TimesHere’s Danny!
It looks like Warner Bros. has found its Danny Torrance, the lead in “Doctor Sleep” in the form of Ewan McGregor, as reported by Hollywood Reporter.
“Doctor Sleep” is based on the 2013 novel of the same name from author of horror Stephen King, and is the sequel to “Shining.” That film was of course adapted in the 1980 film which was directed by Stanley Kubrick, with Jack Nicholson playing the iconic character Jack Torrance.
Fans will remember that the young Danny Torrance in the landmark classic, (played by Danny Lloyd who retired from acting a few years after the film’s release) was Jack’s son with “the shining” or psychic abilities who both endangered but later saved himself and his mother Wendy, played by Shelly Duvall.
In the book, Danny who is now in his 40s, is still haunted by events at the Overlook Hotel while his psychic abilities begins to resurface.
Mike Flanagan is said to be helming the sequel, an apt selection given his recent involvement in another King novella adaptation “Gerald’s Game,” a Netflix psychological horror which he directed and wrote with Jeff Howard. Flanagan has also written and director horror films Oculus, Before I Wake and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
The director recently posted on Twitter that the movie will be in theaters in 2020.
Ewan McGregor will be seen next in “Christopher Robin,” an adaptation of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” scheduled for release in this summer.
Thrilled to say that DOCTOR SLEEP is moving forward! In theaters in 2020! https://t.co/99yDYphssg
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) May 23, 2018