Akiva Goldsman has been set to adapt The Shining’s sequel, called Doctor Sleep for the big screen. This on top of his status as screenwriter and producer for The Dark Tower’s film realization. His previous projects include The Da Vinci Code, the Insurgent film of The Divergent series and The 5th Wave.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.
This will have an older Danny Torrence battling even bigger fossils. And having released the longest held breath after Kubrick’s death, King will surely be relieved. I haven’t read the book, nor did I know there was a sequel to this concept out there, but it does sound interesting.