Director Mike Flanagan has announced that filming has officially wrapped on Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros.' sequel to Stephen King's The Shining.
“So that’s a wrap on DOCTOR SLEEP! It’s been a long, crazy, truly unique experience. I read the novel as soon as it came out back in 2013, fascinated and moved by the epic story of Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, but I never imagined for a moment that I’d be the person to bring it to the big screen. It’s been an honor to spend the last five months with this fantastic cast and crew, and to be trusted with Stephen King’s extraordinary story. One of the highlights of my career, without a doubt.
Shine on, everyone. Shine on.“
Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes) plays Wendy Torrance, the mother of Danny Torrance, with Carl Lumbly (A Cure for Wellness) taking up the role of Dick Halloran. Ewan McGregor will play an adult version of Danny Torrance, Kyliegh Curran has been cast as Abra Stone, Bruce Greenwood plays the role of Dr. John and Alyn Lind is Snakebite Andi. Doctor Sleep also stars Jocelin Donahue and Rebecca Ferguson.
Synopsis (via Variety): “Doctor Sleep begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths."
Flanagan directed from a screenplay he rewrote that was originally written by Akiva Goldsman, based on King's 2013 novel.
Doctor Sleep is slated for a January 24th, 2020 theatrical release from Warner Bros.