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Stephen King‘s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, is set to film in Atlanta this September 2018.

Ewan McGregor is set to play the adult version of The Shining’s Danny in Doctor Sleep, a direct sequel which is based on the Stephen King novel. It was recently reported by Variety that Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress Rebecca Ferguson was in talks for a leading role.

Omega Underground reports that Warner Bros. is expected to begin shooting the movie as early as September 24th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Flanagan is set to direct with other key crew members already onboard including production designer Maher Ahmad (Zombieland) and cinematographer Michael Fimognari (Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil).

About Doctor Sleep:

Doctor Sleep is based on the 2013 horror novel by Stephen King and is the sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining. King stated that it is a “return to balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror”. The book became a number one New York Times bestseller for print and ebook fiction, hardcover fiction, and ebook fiction. The novel also won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

The book centers around the events after The Shining. Danny Torrance remains psychologically traumatized as his mother Wendy slowly recovers from her injuries. Ghosts from the Overlook still want to find Danny and take his “shining” power. Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s chef teaches Danny to create lockboxes in his mind to control the ghosts including the former Overlook owner Horace Derwent. The psychological trauma causes Dan to deal with anger and alcoholism. Dan spends years of his life drifting across the country until he decides to give up drinking. As a result, he develops psychic abilities that allow him to predict when someone is about to die, giving him the nickname “Doctor Sleep”.

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