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Mike Flanagan Wants to Adapt ‘The Shining’ Sequel Novel ‘Doctor Sleep’


With hits like Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game under his belt, it’s safe to say Mike Flanagan is one of the hottest directors working in the horror space today. Now that he knocked Gerald’s Game, previously thought to be un-filmable, out of the park, does Flanagan hope to bring any other Stephen King tales to the screen?

Speaking with Lilja’s Library, Flanagan revealed his dream King adaptations.

There are so many,” Flanagan answered, when the site questioned him about which other Stephen King stories he’d love to adapt. “But the ones I’d want to do the most are DOCTOR SLEEP and LISEY’S STORY. In both cases, it’s because I identify with the protagonists so much. LISEY’S STORY is a stunning piece of work, a beautiful exploration of marriage. And who wouldn’t want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrance?

Recently, King himself expressed interest in a Lisey’s Story adaptation.

As for Doctor Sleep, that’s of course King’s recent sequel to The Shining

Doctor Sleep takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on the the now middle-aged Danny who is still traumatized. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat.”



  • le4therfac3

    let him

    • Saturn

      Indeed, I’d be open to Flanagan giving it a stab.

    • Artman009

      Absolutely. Let’s see his take on the material!

  • Flanagan is a pretty talented director, i’d like to see him working on original properties.
    And no, i don’t care about a Doctor Sleep movie.
    This is gonna be like Denis Villeneuve and Blade Runner 2049. Meh meh meh.

  • Mike Flanagan can do DOCTOR SLEEP if he wishes to,for I just hope that he does it as a theatrical film instead of a Netflix exclusive film(since more people would flock to see it in theaters[ala the recent IT]).

  • Darkness69

    I’m in. Flanagan has my full approval. Only one mistake there: Rose is a female..

  • Adam Clifton

    We just had the original Shining air on tv last night and I thought ‘why don’t they make a movie sequel out of it based on Doctor Sleep?’ Good timing

  • Jay Bennett

    I like oculus and hush quite a lot, why the hell not

  • Sasha Kozak

    This could be great, I liked the book and enjoyed Hush and Geralds Game.

  • I’m surprised this hasn’t already happened, given how iconic Kubrick’s The Shining is. In an age of classic films getting a modern sequel (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Indiana Jones 4, Scream 4, ETC), an adaptation of Doctor Sleep seems like an obvious choice.

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    Lisey’s Story is such utter dogshit, one of King’s worst. It’s weird to hear someone speaking about it like it’s good.

    • Evi

      He probably sees something in it other people don’t. I actually hated the Gerald’s Game book, but loved the film.

    • khail19

      It’s like a Secret Window, Secret Garden/The Lovely Bones mash up. But I’d rather see him take on that one than the made for TV-esque sequel to The Shining.

  • Hayden Koutras

    One of our genre saviours in recent years. Flanagan knows exactly how to make a scary movie, and also have a great story. with The Shining being my favourite book and movie, (they are very different from eachother but i love them both in their own rights!) i think he’d be the perfect man for this film. Let him!

  • Zimmy

    I’d rather see Zack Snyder tackle this. No one can beat his visuals

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  • DeadFuck

    All his movies sucked, so I’d rather him not

    • Hayden Koutras

      Personal opinions are personal opinions, but i think flanagan is a great up and comer. what do you not like about his films?

      • ShadowInc

        For me, Flanagan’s films have all been pretty mediocre. There are a couple of directors like Flannigan, pumping out this type of middle of the road, often forgettable horror . After a while it all blends together. Kinda like the James Wan horror films do.

  • Papa_spoosh

    Odd choice, but I’ll watch whatever this guy makes. Would be hard to do this and ignore many of the continuity issues from the Kubrick film to the book

  • The Schwab

    Wasn’t Flanagan talking years ago about doing King’s The Long Walk, as well? I am pretty positive it was him.

    • Reason

      I’m pretty sure Frank Darabont still has the rights to that story. I really REALLY wish he’d adapt it!

      • khail19

        Yeah I think I’ve read about it back when he was promoting The Mist.

  • Carl Chrystan

    Would it be a direct sequel to the 1997 TV miniseries, then, and completely ignore the film? I mean, what about the scene when he finds out what finally happened to Dick Halloran? And would that confuse a lot of people who have no idea that Dick survives in the novel (as well as Danny’s arm getting broken, the croquet mallet, the topiary, a kid’s major dread of his parents’ divorce, a small study about alcoholism, Jack dying when the boiler blows up and not frozen to death in a maze)? Surely reference to all that would have to be cut, then, and so straightaway an element of the novel is gone from the film version, and doesn’t Stephen King have an issue with how much Stanley Kubrick butchered his novel? Makes sense for me, then, for Mick Flanagan to remake ‘The Shining’ first, then, to get everyone unfamiliar with the novel/mini series up to speed. Unless it ends up a shameless cash-grab where they just take it as a direct sequel to the film.

    • Saturn

      They may just decide on a quick rundown on the events that preceded the movie – possibly a dream sequence?
      I guess that’s how I’d do it it if wasn’t to be a direct sequel to the movie or mini-series.

      • Adam Clifton

        ‘Previously on The Shining’…

  • Dr. Sleep feels nothing like a sequel to The Shining. It’s more like some sort of alternate, cartoonish reality that completely abandons the most important character from the first book – the hotel.

  • Dale P

    I really did not care for Oculus and haven’t sought out anything else Flanagan’s been involved with.

    While The Shining deviates from its source a lot, it’s also my joint favourite King adaptation (with The Dead Zone) so I am hesitant regardless of who’s attached. They either have to shit on Kubrick or shit on King again.

  • steeler74386

    Didn’t know that there was a 2nd book in the shining .

  • Necro

    Even though it was already done maybe he could’ve did something better with that dreadful ‘1922’ film! I mean was the film supposed to be at a snail’s pace? Ever since I tried to watch it after a good night’s sleep and a cup of coffee to boot, I still fell asleep on it twice! Also I’d personally rather see him do the remake/reboot/reimagining of ‘Pet Semetary’ assuming that it gets made. I think he’s a great director and I hope he chooses to stay in Horror.

  • chronikheckler

    The studio just has to make sure that King has full screen-adaption approval or else he’ll spend the rest of his life bitching, crying and complaining about it like he has done with Kubrick’s Shining.

  • ShadowInc

    If they were going to hand DR.SLEEP to a director who has done King before, why not one who has hit a real homerun with the material like Frank Darabont, or Rob Reiner? Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game were (IMO) mediocre at best.

  • James Allard

    Lisey’s Story needs the season long Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime treatment. (IMHO)
    I went into the novel of Dr. Sleep with a rather “Oh, come on, Steve, get real” and it turned into a bit of a romp.
    Now… Revival?

  • Joshua Lopez

    Doctor Sleep had some of King’s best writing in years. It was creepy, freakish, and genuinely unnerving…until that damn ending. I have never been so frustrated (outside of Under the Dome) by one his finales, mostly because the rest of the book was so good.

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