The Doctor Sleep press tour is currently underway and director Mike Flanagan revealed to CinePOP during their interview that before being hired to make The Shining sequel, he actually met with Warner Bros. to direct an unnamed DC Comics movie for them.
CINEPOP: Would you direct a superhero movie?
FLANAGAN: “Absolutely! This movie happened because of that.”
“I was taking a meeting at Warner Bros. to talk about the DC Universe and at that meeting, I was meeting with John Burke and we were talking about Stephen King because I had just finished Gerald’s Game. And that’s how this whole thing started because I went in hoping to talk about directing a DC movie.”
I’m slightly curious if the project in question was the Guillermo del Toro penned Justice League Dark because they had been seeking horror directors for that project after del Toro exited.
Mainly, because Ewan McGregor had been rumored at one point for the role of Jason Blood aka The Demon (created by Jack Kirby) and then landed the lead in Doctor Sleep.
However, that’s just my own speculation.
Maybe Flanagan will pivot back to the DC Universe once Doctor Sleep has been released or could be coaxed over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I do get the impression he might be the perfect guy to tackle Marvel’s horror characters like Ghost Rider, who seemingly might be coming to Marvel Studios at some point after the Hulu series cancellation.
Warner Bros. has set the release date of Doctor Sleep for November 8th.
“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.
Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.