Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to horror novel The Shining, is being made into a movie, and McGregor is taking the lead. Flanagan's producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment's Jon Berg. The outlet notes that author Stephen King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting. In it, Danny Torrance holds the traumas of the Overlook Hotel in his adult life.
Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as "The Shining" prequel "Overlook Hotel", for years, but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either film. It would be another 33 years before a follow-up was published, following Dan Torrance as he continues to deal with his "shining" powers as well as the alcoholism and rage that he inherited from his father. But when he embraces sobriety, his psychic powers return and he uses his abilities to help dying patients in a hospice where he earns the nickname Dr. Sleep. 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.
Warner Bros is pressing ahead with a movie take on The Shining sequel novel, and it's just recruited Ewan McGregor to star.
The 1980 movie, which was seen as a box office disappointment at the time, went on to become one of the great horror move classics.