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John Cusack wants the lead in the adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep

Feb. 19, 2014by:

John Cusack has not exactly been the A-list star he used to be. His last big studio film was the lackluster THE RAVEN. He has steadily appeared in a lot of movies in supporting roles including THE PAPERBOY and GRAND PIANO, but nothing quite on par with his career resurgence in the late 1990s. But, Cusack did find moderate success in the Stephen King hotel horror movie 1408 and is currently set to star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in another King adaptation, CELL. But, there is another project from King that Cusack would love to appear in.

During a recent Reddit AMA, Cusack was asked which role he would "accept in a heartbeat" to which he answered: DOCTOR SLEEP. The popular novel was released last year and serves as a direct sequel to THE SHINING. Movie fans know the Stanley Kubrick adaptation well and it regularly tops all sorts of movie lists. THE SHINING as a novel deviates from the film, but the sequel focuses on the adult Danny Torrance who was menaced by his father and the ghosts at the Overlook Hotel. The sequel finds him years later dealing with another evil.

Young psychic Danny Torrance has become a middle-aged alcoholic (he now goes by Dan), bearing his powers and his guilt as equal burdens. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Using his abilities to ease the passing of the terminally ill, he remains blissfully unaware of the actions of the True Knot, a caravan of human parasites crisscrossing the map in their RVs as they search for children with the shining (psychic abilities of the kind that Dan possesses), upon whom they feed. When a girl named Abra Stone is born with powers that dwarf Dan&'s, she attracts the attention of the True Knot&'s leaderthe predatory Rose the Hat. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons.

DOCTOR SLEEP is not currently optioned or in any sort of development as a movie, but Stephen King novels don't tend to sit idly by for long. There is already a television series based on THE SHINING in development, but a big screen sequel may work since this would be coming from King himself and not some studio screenplay machine. The novel is different, tonally, from THE SHINING, but DOCTOR SLEEP would make for one hell of a movie. Plus, Cusack definitely looks more the part these days and could pull off the alcoholic, tormented Danny Torrance.

Source: Reddit

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7:36AM on 02/21/2014
That's cool. I like Cusack. He'd be good as the lead in The Stand, or Cell too. He's always very humble and real.
That's cool. I like Cusack. He'd be good as the lead in The Stand, or Cell too. He's always very humble and real.
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2:11PM on 02/20/2014
Hopefully this wouldn't go straight to VOD. One of my all time favorite actors. He's done about 9 moves the last two years, and sadly, with the exception of 'The Butler', none have made any impact at the domestic box office. I remember seeing John Cusack and Morgan Freeman in 'The Contract' at the video store a few years ago, and thinking to myself, Cusack went straight to video?!?!?! Must be a mistake!?!? Man how times have changed.
Hopefully this wouldn't go straight to VOD. One of my all time favorite actors. He's done about 9 moves the last two years, and sadly, with the exception of 'The Butler', none have made any impact at the domestic box office. I remember seeing John Cusack and Morgan Freeman in 'The Contract' at the video store a few years ago, and thinking to myself, Cusack went straight to video?!?!?! Must be a mistake!?!? Man how times have changed.
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7:47AM on 02/20/2014
This made me laugh. John Cusack, ladies and gentlemen....

*facepalm*
This made me laugh. John Cusack, ladies and gentlemen....

*facepalm*
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8:48AM on 02/20/2014
Yeah, we look no further than your response to the Soloist to know you really don't know what you're talking about.
Yeah, we look no further than your response to the Soloist to know you really don't know what you're talking about.
9:36AM on 02/20/2014
Don't know what I'm talking about? It's an OPINION, you arse-cake.

And you still harping on about that Soloist shit? Get a fucking life.
Don't know what I'm talking about? It's an OPINION, you arse-cake.

And you still harping on about that Soloist shit? Get a fucking life.
1:26PM on 02/20/2014
Woops. My bad. IN MY OPINION, you don't know what you're talking about.

Looks like some people deal w/ criticism much harshly than others round here.
Woops. My bad. IN MY OPINION, you don't know what you're talking about.

Looks like some people deal w/ criticism much harshly than others round here.
7:33PM on 02/20/2014
That's criticism? Okay. Sweet. I still think Cusack blows.

Blows you perhaps. Bet you'd like that wouldn't ya? Huh? HUH?
That's criticism? Okay. Sweet. I still think Cusack blows.

Blows you perhaps. Bet you'd like that wouldn't ya? Huh? HUH?
6:58AM on 02/20/2014
John Cusack as Danny Torrance? No.
John Cusack as Danny Torrance? No.
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8:49AM on 02/20/2014
Why? Did you read Doctor Sleep?
Why? Did you read Doctor Sleep?
9:37AM on 02/20/2014
I agree. He doesn't have the acting chops to play the role.
I agree. He doesn't have the acting chops to play the role.
7:14AM on 02/21/2014
No, I haven't read 'Doctor Sleep' yet. I just tend not to see John Cusack in most roles. He's a very limited actor.
No, I haven't read 'Doctor Sleep' yet. I just tend not to see John Cusack in most roles. He's a very limited actor.
8:51PM on 02/19/2014
I like it! Make it so! Now get Frank Darabont on the phone...

Who did you readers picture as Rose the Hat? I pictured Jennifer Conolly.
I like it! Make it so! Now get Frank Darabont on the phone...

Who did you readers picture as Rose the Hat? I pictured Jennifer Conolly.
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9:39AM on 02/20/2014
I bet you did. Did you have any pants on when you pictured this?
I bet you did. Did you have any pants on when you pictured this?
1:27PM on 02/20/2014
Wow, I seem to have found a nemesis.

Funny that in this same thread you post the above comment AND tell me to get a life.
Wow, I seem to have found a nemesis.

Funny that in this same thread you post the above comment AND tell me to get a life.
1:31PM on 02/20/2014
How bout someone actually DESCRIBES the role for me? How much "acting chops" does it take, topchambers?
How bout someone actually DESCRIBES the role for me? How much "acting chops" does it take, topchambers?
7:34PM on 02/20/2014
Are you a trained actor?
Are you a trained actor?
7:50PM on 02/19/2014

Loved

I loved Doctor Sleep. Was great getting back into Danny's head again. I would definitely be up for Cusak getting the role if it's ever made into a film.
I loved Doctor Sleep. Was great getting back into Danny's head again. I would definitely be up for Cusak getting the role if it's ever made into a film.
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7:30PM on 02/19/2014

Excuse me?

"THE SHINING as a novel deviates from the film . . . "
Don't you mean the FILM deviated from the NOVEL?
"THE SHINING as a novel deviates from the film . . . "
Don't you mean the FILM deviated from the NOVEL?
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7:48AM on 02/20/2014
Yeah. I thought that. But couldn't be bothered with wasting time on Maidy's nonsense....
Yeah. I thought that. But couldn't be bothered with wasting time on Maidy's nonsense....
7:22PM on 02/19/2014
I wish he wanted to star in the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel as well...
I wish he wanted to star in the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel as well...
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7:45PM on 02/19/2014
It's ridiculous he wouldn't want to come back for the sequel even though everyone is back....even Chevy Chase for complaining out loud.
It's ridiculous he wouldn't want to come back for the sequel even though everyone is back....even Chevy Chase for complaining out loud.
7:09PM on 02/19/2014
He would be great in the role. He can easily pull off dark, disturbed, and tormented. If the film does get made, I sincerely hope he gets to play the part.

Cusack is one of my favorite actors of all time and he's suck an iconic character actor with all of the classic films he did in the 80's and 90's and it's such a shame to not see him in more films. Cusack, Kilmer, and Gibson all need to pull a Downey Jr/McCanoughey type of comeback.
He would be great in the role. He can easily pull off dark, disturbed, and tormented. If the film does get made, I sincerely hope he gets to play the part.

Cusack is one of my favorite actors of all time and he's suck an iconic character actor with all of the classic films he did in the 80's and 90's and it's such a shame to not see him in more films. Cusack, Kilmer, and Gibson all need to pull a Downey Jr/McCanoughey type of comeback.
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7:50AM on 02/20/2014
Does. Not. Have. The. Emotional. Range.

The guy can do 'break-up neuroses' and that's about it.
Does. Not. Have. The. Emotional. Range.

The guy can do 'break-up neuroses' and that's about it.
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6:33PM on 02/19/2014
John Cusack's career has not aged nearly as well as I thought it would. I thougt he would be akin to his generation's Gene Hackman. Not the A-lister he once was, but a respected actor that worked steadily and hit the occasional home run. Unfortunately Hollywood doesn't really make the kind of movies he excels in anymore. It's certainly not too late for him to have (another) resurgence. That said this story is terrible and would almost certainly make a completely unworthy sequel to Kubrick's
John Cusack's career has not aged nearly as well as I thought it would. I thougt he would be akin to his generation's Gene Hackman. Not the A-lister he once was, but a respected actor that worked steadily and hit the occasional home run. Unfortunately Hollywood doesn't really make the kind of movies he excels in anymore. It's certainly not too late for him to have (another) resurgence. That said this story is terrible and would almost certainly make a completely unworthy sequel to Kubrick's psychological masterpiece, as that film vastly superceded its source material.

It would be kind of badass to have Cusack as one star of the second season of True Detective.
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7:46PM on 02/19/2014
Wait, The Shining film was better than the novel?

Is this Opposite Day?

Wait, The Shining film was better than the novel?

Is this Opposite Day?

8:56PM on 02/19/2014
I disagree on the story. Thought it was surprisingly good.
I disagree on the story. Thought it was surprisingly good.
5:47PM on 02/19/2014
As I read this book John Cusack was one of the first actors that popped up in my head when I envisioned grown-up Dan.
As I read this book John Cusack was one of the first actors that popped up in my head when I envisioned grown-up Dan.
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8:54PM on 02/19/2014
I kept picturing Ed Norton but I like Cusack MUCH better now that I think about it.
I kept picturing Ed Norton but I like Cusack MUCH better now that I think about it.
5:36PM on 02/19/2014
I was a big fan of "Doctor Sleep". As stated above, it's tonally different from "The Shining" in that it's more of a psychological thriller than a horror book, but I think John Cusack would make a perfect Dan Torrance. Once it gets optioned in like...3 weeks or whenever, I seriously hope they consider him.
I was a big fan of "Doctor Sleep". As stated above, it's tonally different from "The Shining" in that it's more of a psychological thriller than a horror book, but I think John Cusack would make a perfect Dan Torrance. Once it gets optioned in like...3 weeks or whenever, I seriously hope they consider him.
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