Akiva Goldsman penning Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, sequel to The Shining

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will adapt Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the horror classic The Shining, for Warner Bros.

Doctor Sleep takes place years after the events of The Shining and focuses on Danny (now middle-aged) who is still traumatized, causing him to drink. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals.

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining was released in 1980 and has since become an iconic film, despite Stephen King’s apparent dislike for the film.

Jon Berg and Jon Gonda will oversee for Warner, with King serving as an executive producer on the project, hopefully stemming any issues.

Goldsman has an extensive list of writing and producing credits, including an Oscar win for his screenplay for 2001’s Best Picture A Beautiful Mind. In addition to The Dark Tower, Goldsman’s forthcoming projects include Rings, Transformers 5 – for which he heads up Paramount writers’ room – and the horror fantasy Stephanie, which he directed.

There is no release date yet set for the film.


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