Ever since It came out of nowhere and absolutely dominated the box office, Stephen King has been a hot ticket in Hollywood. It's a bit wild to think of King, who has been an icon for decades, as a hip, new thing but, hey, he's always hip to me.
One of the King adaptations in development is Doctor Sleep, based on the King novel from a few years back. Sleep is a sequel to The Shining, about an adult Danny Torrance who uses his shining abilities for good...until he comes into contact with some ne'er-do-wells who also use their shining powers, but for evil.
We now know who will play the grown Mr. Torrance and it's none other than the once (and future?) Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor. McGregor will star in Doctor Sleep, which will be directed by Mike Flanagan. This is good news because 1) McGregor is great in just about everything 2) this is a movie that deserves to be made and 3) McGregor does a terrific American accent. Consider us excited.
This movie has no relation to the Overlook Hotel prequel that is also being set up at Warner Bros. Hell, we'll take them both. Just as long as WB doesn't attempt to create some sort of Shining cinematic universe.
And so the parade of King adaptations carries on. There's a lot in the works right now, from It: Chapter Two to Pet Semetary to The Tommyknockers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, you can expect plenty more to come down the pipeline soon. Thank God, modern horror owes nearly everything to Stephen King. The man should always be considered royalty.