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Mike Flanagan Wants to work on a ‘Shining’ Prequel and ‘The Dark Tower’

by Trey Hilburn III

Mike Flanagan has done the impossible time and time again. He has adapted some of Stephen King’s works that were once thought to be “unfilmable”. From Gerald’s Game to Doctor Sleep, Flanagan is the man when it comes to connecting with King’s material on screen.

While speaking at Fantasia International Film Festival, Flanagan went into details about a couple of King projects that he would love to work on. Firstly, he brought up a spinoff that would further explore the character of The Shining’s Dick Hallorann.

“There’s this huge chunk of Hallorann’s life where King just never provided anything, and that’s where we want to play. The fun part about that is I’ve got signposts on either side of that story, I know where he begins and I knows where he ends. It’s all about getting him from that little boy at the beginning of Doctor Sleep, who’s talking about his evil grandfather and learning about the shining and the lockboxes and getting him to be that man who takes the job at the Overlook Hotel. And who clearly, as referenced all over the books, had some kind of very traumatic experience in Room 237, or 217 in the book.” Flanagan told SYFY Wire.

Flanagan than spoke about how he would love to work on The Dark Tower.

The Dark Tower is forever going to be the story I wish I could tell. That would be the Holy Grail. I mean, talk about an adaptation challenge… So many very talented people have poured so much time and heart and soul and blood, sweat and tears trying to crack that.” Flanagan said on his dream adaptation.

I’m all about Flanagan exploring anything he wants to. He is great at adapting master works, and attaching the unique sentimentality that he brings to his films.

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Check out the trailer for Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Bly Manor here.

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