By Renee Ventaloro


Warner Bros. has begun development of Stephen King’s 2013 horror novel “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to King’s 1997 novel, “The Shining.” 

Oculus” director Mike Flanagan is set to helm and rewrite the script originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman. Flanagan’s producing partner Trevor Macy will produce the horror flick, along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg. Goldsman is an executive producer and Kevin McCormick is overseeing for the studio. 

“Doctor Sleep” is centered around Danny Torrance’s character from “The Shining.” Torrance, now 40-years-old, carries the weight of his childhood trauma from the Overlook Hotel into his adult life. He finds himself battling with the same alcoholic and murderous tendencies that plagued his father so many years prior.

Warner Bros. released “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers in the 1980s. Nicholson starred as Jack Torrance, a writer who agrees to become the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado during its off season. Duvall played his wife Wendy and Lloyd played his son Danny. 

Flanagan and Macy are currently in production on “The Haunting of Hill House” for Netflix, and their other collaborations are “Hush,” “Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake.” “Latter” was released on Netflix January 5.

Flanagan is repped by WME, Novo, and Joel VanderKloot. Goldsman is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.