Mike Flanagan has been arguably the greatest horror director of the entire decade. Since turning heads with the shoestring budget Absentia in 2011, the filmmaker has generated consistent buzz with films such as Gerald’s Game, Hush, and the “I can’t believe this is actually good” prequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil. 2018 has been a solid year for the director already, as Before I Wake finally had its release in the United States after years of frustration, and Flanagan is riding that momentum to the top of the horror genre. Next for the director? Helming Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining.
Deadline announced today that Flanagan will direct a film based on the 2013 novel of the same name, which follows Danny Torrance in his 40s as he struggles with the same anger and alcoholism that plagued his father many years ago. In the book, Danny’s “shining” powers return when he embraces sobriety, and he must use those abilities to help a young girl with similar powers who is being targeted by a scary group.
Mike Flanagan and producing partner Trevor Macy are currently in production on The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix, then it’s on to their second Stephen King adaptation.
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