Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

by Nick Banks

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.”

He also astutetly pointed out that “This announcement comes at a most opportune time for Warner Bros. Their 2017 production of Stephen King’s It earned over $700 million worldwide against a budget of just $35 million. Fans are more eager than ever for big screen adaptations of King’s literary works, and The Shining has only grown more revered as it has aged.”

Stay tuned to HNN for more details about Doctor Sleep, including any casting information, as it breaks.

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