‘The Shining’ Book Sequel Coming Early 2013 (And A New Movie?)

Back in September of last year, we heard that The Shiningwill be getting a book sequel dubbed Doctor Sleep. Novelist Stephen King had been keeping mum on the book since then, but, earlier this week, it was announced that the book is due out on store shelves early 2013.

What’s more, that may not be the only good news for The Shining fans.

Late last month, the Los Angeles Times ran a story suggesting that Warner Brothers is exploring the possibility of cooking up a movie prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of The Shining. According to the report, Warner Bros. is tasking Laeta Kalogridis, along with her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt, to craft a new film.

While details on the prequel to The Shining are just about non-existent at this point — the film hasn’t been confirmed, after all — we do know what to expect from Doctor Sleep. Here’s a snippet of the upcoming novel’s synopsis, straight from Stephen King’s website:

“Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.”

Would you like to see a movie prequel to The Shining, or would you rather see a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep?