All you need to know on the cinematic follow-up to The Shining
They’re making The Shining 2? Is this an unauthorised cash-in?
Not at all! Doctor Sleep is a genuine Stephen King-written sequel to his classic 1977 supernatural horror novel The Shining. Published in 2013, it came about after King polled fans on his website as to which book he should write next — Doctor Sleep or another Dark Tower novel. (Sleep won by 49 votes.)
What is it about?
Set decades after the events of the first book, it finds a grown-up Danny Torrance (now going by Dan) still traumatised by the events of the Overlook Hotel, and working at a hospice where he puts his ‘shining’ abilities to good use — only to come up against darker psychic forces.
So it’s still in the supernatural vein?
Very much so. Along the way, Dan encounters a cat that can sense death, a girl who predicted 9/11 as a baby, and a mysterious group of murderous immortal psychics known as The True Knot, led by the enigmatically named Rose The Hat.
Who’s behind the film? Presumably Kubrick’s unavailable.
Mike Flanagan, already a King veteran with last year’s well-received Gerald’s Game, is behind the camera here, with Ewan Mcgregor cast as Dan and Rebecca Ferguson as Rose The Hat. Expect Doctor Sleep to start taking appointments in January 2020.