Although Stanley Kubrick's The Shining became a cult classic, King was famously dissatisfied with the 1980 adaptation, and went on to write his own 1997 television miniseries. King released a sequel called Doctor Sleep in 2013, which tells of how Danny, now an adult, has inherited his father's alcoholic tendencies and uses his powers to help the terminally ill.
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While the idea of a "Shining" sequel may worry horror fans, the source material coming from King himself and the involvement of director Mike Flanagan bode well for the final product.
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Ewan McGregor has signed on to play Danny Torrance in the film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg.
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"Doctor Sleep" begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. McGregor will play the adult version of Danny Torrence, the terrified tot plagued by psychic powers who you probably remember best for screaming "Redrum" while he watched his father descend into a murderous rage. Through shining, he connects with a girl who has similar powers and is being targeted by an evil group. 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. Now, however, it is thought to be one of the great horror classics and has a built-in fan base ready for a sequel. The actor next stars in Disney's "Christopher Robin", which opens August 3.