Stephen King announced the title of his latest project, a novel set to be published in 2020 that features a woman from Mr. Mercedes.
Do you remember how Ewan McGregor is going to star in Stephen King’s horror movie sequel Doctor Sleep? Now, we have another sparkling star who’s gonna shine in the film! Kyliegh Curran, the young actress in the musical The Lion King on Broadway and the movie I Can I Will I Did (2017), is confirmed to play Abra Stone, a powerful psychic in the Stephen King’s novel-based film Doctor Sleep.
According to Deadline, the production of Doctor Sleep, the cinematic sequel of The Shinning (1980), is directed and screen-scripted by Mike Flanagan and will star Ewan McGregor (as Danny Torrance), Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe, and Zahn McClarnon. Check out more info about the main character Danny and what McGregor thinks about him here.
There’s another important character in the story named Abra Stone. She’s a young girl who’s been emitting her superpower since she was a baby. The power, like Danny’s, is called “the shinning”. When born with this power, the gifted people can see/hear/talk to the spirits in the air. Moreover, the gift of the shinning allows people to see through the future. For instance, Abra has told her parents the premonitions she’s had about 9/11. The power continues to grow with the gifted. When Abra turns twelve, she’s strong enough to predict the cancer in her grandmother’s body.
Kyliegh Curran was chosen to play Abra Stone out of roughly 800 girls nationwide through the casting. Curran used to play young Nala, the girlfriend of Simba, in the musical The Lion King. She’s talented in acting as the writer-director Mike Flanagan tweeted, “Very excited about our Abra… shine on, Kyliegh.”
From a Lion King girl to a powerful psychic, how’s this transformation going to amaze us? Looking forward to the horror vibes! Doctor Sleep will hit theaters on Jan. 24, 2020.
The Variety said that King has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting!
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The director of the adaption will be Mike Flanagan, who has conducted Netflix’s adaptation of the King novella Gerald’s Game.
There’s an interesting story about King novel-film adaptations: Warner Bros. had been developing this film many years ago with the idea of making it two: Doctor Sleep, the sequel of The Shining, and Overlook Hotel, the prequel. However, the plan didn’t work out because of limited budget. Following the success of IT, now the King adaptation becomes a fire in the market again.
The Torrances are the family haunted in this line of King’s horror world. In The Shining, Jack Torrance, a writer who loses his teaching job because of alcoholism, takes his wife and his son Danny to Colorado for the position of a winter caretaker in a hotel named “Overlook.” Danny is a psychic who can use his gift “shining” to connect with supernatural worlds and the beings within. In the beginning, the Torrances think this new job will give the family a new life; yet, with unexpected and mysterious events popping up and with Danny’s spiritual senses, the story leads somewhere unknown and surprising.
Doctor Sleep begins as Danny (starred McGregor) carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining into adulthood:
He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths (Source).
One thing you should know is that there was an adaptation of The Shining in 1980 directed by Stanley Kubrick starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. The trailer has become one of the you-must-know scenes in film studies.
Would you say it’s a notable scene? See for yourself:
Though he can be seen in the recent heartwarming Disney’s Winnie the Pooh adaptation Christopher Robin, McGregor must give us a totally different look of modern horror in King’s movie. According to USA Today, he is re-watching Stanley Kubrick’s horror film and reading both King books.
Awwwww! As a horror movieholic, I can’t wait to see this adaptation! The planned release of the Doctor Sleep movie is January 2020. Please scream with me: “The horror vibes are coming!”
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Ewan McGregor is set to star as Danny in the film adaptation for Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny, who we remember from The Shining as being a traumatized little boy who was just learning about his telepathic abilities. It wasn’t long until his world was turned upside down, as we know. Doctor Sleep mostly follows Danny when he is in his 40s, struggling with the same vices as his father. Check out the summary below:
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 is an epic war between good and evil, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon. (Via Amazon)
The Doctor Sleep adaptation will be directed by Mike Flanagan who also recently adapted Netflix’s Gerald’s Game. King’s The Shining had two separate adaptations, including a film and miniseries. The miniseries happening a bit after Kubrick’s film rendition, which King hated.
McGregor plays many kinds of roles well so this will be a good fit for him. For people who are familiar with The Shining and its film adaptations, the nostalgia and genuine concern they had for Danny growing up will make them want to watch this movie. I wonder if and how much King will dislike this version. Maybe we’ll even get a miniseries for this too.
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