Director Mike Flanagan and Stephen King, who authored the franchise’s source material, began collaborating on a sequel to “Doctor Sleep” in 2019, the same year the film premiered. However, Flanagan has since revealed in a pair of Tweets that “Hallorann,” the prequel he conceived about a young Dick Hallorann, is now officially dead in the water.
First, on September 18, Flanagan retweeted a fan-made poster for a hypothetical “Shining” prequel titled “Shine: A Dick Hallorann” story. Whether or not the poster’s designer Adam Perocchi, who posts original film content under the handle @Readful_Things, was previously aware of Flanagan’s prequel plans is unclear. In either case, Flanagan shared the poster with the caption, “We were SO CLOSE. I’ll always regret this didn’t happen.”
Another Twitter user then replied to Flanagan’s retweet asking for the reasoning behind this development. Flanagan responded, “Because of DOCTOR SLEEP’s box office performance, Warner Bros opted not to proceed with it. They control the rights, so that was that.”
Unfortunately for fans of “Doctor Sleep,” the fate of Flanagan’s “Shining” prequel is now confirmed to be exactly what those worried about its below-expected box office performance likely feared. “Doctor Sleep,” then, looks to be the last “Shining” film for the time being, while Flanagan continues to work on unrelated horror projects moving forward.