Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) was asked last year what other Stephen King novel he would like to adapt following his fantastic adaptation of King’s Gerald’s Game (review) for Netflix. His answer, Doctor Sleep, King’s sequel to The Shining. His wish was granted. Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that the film was on its way. Today, we’ve learned that the adaptation has landed a 2020 release date.
“Doctor Sleep takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on 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.”
Flanagan is rewriting the script penned by Akiva Goldsman. Trevor Macy will produce along with Jon Berg of Vertigo. Goldsman is serving as executive producer.
Sleep Doctor will arrive in theaters on January 24, 2020.