It’s finally happened, Stephen King has lost his mind and gone crazy like one of his many novel characters! According to a report from the Torontoist, the author recently spoke about penning a possible sequel to his classic The Shining and he already has a story ready.
King was out on a book tour promoting his latest novel, Under the Dome when he broke the news that he’s been working on a secret project since last summer, which turns out to be a follow up to The Shining. He wants to pen another installment of the book, with the focus being on little Danny Torrance. The working title for the sequel is Doctor Sleep, and here’s what he has in mind for the plot.
In King’s still tentative plan for the novel, Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York, where he works as the equivalent of an orderly at a hospice for the terminally ill. Danny’s real job is to visit with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Danny also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Hallorann.
Sorry Stephen King, but this would not be a good idea for anybody involved. If Hollywood smelled a follow up to The Shining they’d have to adapt it into a feature film and ruin the amazing masterpiece Stanley Kubrick created almost 30 years ago. The curiosity regarding what happened to the Danny character is understandable, but does he have to write it out? Don’t do it!
Do you think King should write a sequel to The Shining?