Warner Bros. is working on adapting Doctor Sleep, the follow-up to The Shining penned by Stephen King.
The Tracking Board reports that Akiva Goldsman, the screenwriter whose credits include A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend and The Da Vinci Code, has been tasked with adapting King’s novel.
Doctor Sleep is set years after the events of the first book/film, this time following Danny, the son of writer-turned-killer Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror film). Still traumatised by the horrific events he experienced at the Overlook Hotel, Danny now has issues with anger management and alcoholism. Giving up alcohol and wanting to start anew, Danny settles in a small town in New Hampshire, only to find his psychic abilities are resurfacing. He soon develops a psychic connection with Abra Stone, a 12-year-old girl being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat.
Goldsman is no stranger to adapting King’s work. He’s also a co-writer on Sony’s The Dark Tower, the upcoming adaptation set to star Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.
While Kubrick’s adaptation is considered by many to be one of the best horror films of all time, King himself has long been outspoken about how much he dislikes the film.
“The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy, And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene,” King explained to Rolling Stone magazine in late 2014.
“I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the screen, ‘Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part.’ And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just me, that’s the way I am.”
Time will tell if King likes what Warner Bros. has in store for Doctor Sleep.