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Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ewan McGre­gor will star as Danny Tor­rance in Warner Bros’ adap­ta­tion of the Stephen King novel “Doc­tor Sleep,” the se­quel to hor­ror clas­sic “The Shin­ing.”

Sources say King has given his blessing to McGre­gor’s cast­ing.

Mike Flanagan, who helmed Net­flix’s adap­ta­tion of the King novella “Ger­ald’s Game,” is di­rect­ing. Flanagan’s pro­duc­ing part­ner, Trevor Macy, will pro­duce along with Ver­tigo En­ter­tain­ment’s Jon Berg.

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. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of New Line’s “It,” ev­ery stu­dio with any sort of King IP un­der its roof has fast-tracked each prop­erty into pre­pro­duc­tion. (RTRS)

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