Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is widely regarded as one of the best horror films of all time, and maybe even one of the best films period. The Shining novel was first published in 1977 and Kubrick’s adaptation followed in 1980. Decades after The Shining‘s initial publication, King then followed it up with a sequel in 2013 named Doctor Sleep.
Fans of the original film, and of king’s novels, will be pleased to learn that a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep is currently in the works and it has been announced that Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Trainspotting, Beauty and the Beast) will star as a grown up Danny Torrance. As Variety reports, sources claim that King has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting.
Doctor Sleep is set to be directed by Mike Flanagan, who also directed the Netflix adaptation of King’s Gerald‘s Game. The sequel has been in the works for sometime, alongside a proposed prequel film called Overlook Hotel, but Warner Bros. has struggled to secure a budget for either project. Following the hit 2017 horror film It, many studios with rights to Stephen King novels have fast-tracked film adaptations.
Doctor Sleep follows a grown up Jack Torrance who is struggling to come to terms with the events that drove his father mad. A violent, struggling, alcoholic, Jack eventually embraces his gift and uses it for good, but it’s not long before a group with similar abilities begin hunting him. The film is expected to be released in 2020.
In order to aid black motorists, Victor Hugo Green published a series of books called The Negro Motorist Green Books, which were more commonly refereed to simple as ‘Green Books’. These books were sold in gas stations and informed black travelers where they would be able to find places that welcomed business from African Americans who wanted to to sleep, eat, and shop. As we recently reported, the first Green Book was published in 1936 and more followed until segregation, for the most part, came to an end in the late 60s.
The Witcher is a gritty fantasy series written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and has shot to fame in recent years after a game developer named CD Projekt RED created three very successful video games based on the books. The 2015 game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has critically acclaimed and prompted Netflix to secure the rights for a series adaptation. Read More
As Deadline reports, the film will feature actors using performance-capture for the roles of the animals (classic Serkis) and Serkis will lead the project as the film’s director. One of the producer credits includes Matt Reeves, who has previously worked with Serkis on the films Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.
The series will be written by Moffat and is based on the book of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. “I read Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife many years ago, and I fell in love with it”, said Moffat. “In fact, I wrote a Doctor Who episode called ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’ as a direct response to it. When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching that very episode, I realized she was probably on to me. All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true. The brave new world of long form television is now ready for this kind of depth and complexity. It’s a story of happy ever after – but not necessarily in that order.” Read More