Director Mike Flanagan has a knack for crafting spine-tingling cinema, which is probably why he is so adept at adapting the work of legendary horror writer Stephen King. With the recently released Doctor Sleep, his second Stephen King adaptation after 2017's Netflix exclusive Gerald's Game, it is certainly an enticing prospect to learn that Flanagan is already in conversation about returning to the Stephen King universe for a third time.

Mike Flanagan has discussed these conversations, and revealed the fact that they are happening with none other than Stephen King himself.

"[Stephen King and I] are talking actively about what's next, and we have a great idea for that I'm not allowed to talk about yet, but it's really cool, and yeah, I expect there will be another chance to play in that sandbox very soon."

Sounds very intriguing, indeed. Thanks to this tease from the director, speculation is sure to be rife as to which Stephen King project the two have been discussing, with many fans hoping it will be their favourite King tale that will be lucky enough to get the silver screen treatment. Flanagan then went on to talk about his admiration for King, and how fortunate he feels to be able to adapt his stories, even suggesting that he could end up doing a lot more than three.

"It's been my dream since I was a kid to be able to adapt Stephen King, and he's let me play in that sandbox two times; I would be thrilled to do it again. He's been happy both times, which is still like [mind-blown gesture], as long as that keeps up, if he'll have me back, I'm there for the long haul. I'll do as many as he'll let me."

Mike Flanagan has made his name with horror flicks, and clearly intends to continue to do so. With Doctor Sleep getting great reviews, currently sitting at a fresh 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, and having been very well received by both audiences and critics alike, his return to the world of King is one to equally be terrified of and celebrate.

Doctor Sleep is the continuation of Danny Torrance's story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King's The Shining. 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."

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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. This news comes from CinemaBlend.

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