Since we found out that The Shining sequel was to be adapted for the big screen, we've been waiting impatiently for the name of the actor brave enough to carry the movie. Variety has just revealed that Ewan McGregor will play the starring role of Danny Torrance, the little boy traumatized by his father, played by Jack Nicholson in the original.
The novel published in 2013 by Stephen King focuses on the son of Jack Torrance, forty years after the original story. He works at a New Hampshire hospice as an assistant nurse. Nicknamed 'Doctor Sleep', he possesses supernatural powers which allow him to calm his patients. His dark side will be revealed by a girl he falls in love with.
Expectations of this new cinema adaptation are high. Everyone knows, for example, that Stephen King still hates the way his book was adapted for cinema by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. Nonetheless, the feature film is considered by many today as a masterpiece.
The director charged with following up the late Stanley Kubrick's work is Mike Flanagan. You may not have heard of him, but this famous horror film director is behind Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake. He also adapted Jessie, a Stephen King novel, last year.
Although he appears to have the perfect CV, let's wait and see what he does in this new chapter which may well provoke the wrath of the American author once again. The latter issued the following reminder about the film:
"One of the things — and I’m not sure if this is going to be a problem for readers or not — is that Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film. At the end of the Kubrick film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down."
Another little dig at Kubrick, who King has always reproached for not remaining faithful to the original novel.