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Did Stephen King accidentally announce plans to make a sequel to 'The Shining'?

According to Torontoist, the prolific author spoke to celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg in Toronto's Canon Theatre last night and, after reading from his new novel 'Under the Dome,' "dropped a fan bombshell on the crowd by casually describing a novel idea he began working on last summer." Did Stephen King accidentally announce plans to make a sequel to 'The Shining'?

According to Torontoist, the prolific author spoke to celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg in Toronto's Canon Theatre last night and, after reading from his new novel 'Under the Dome,' "dropped a fan bombshell on the crowd by casually describing a novel idea he began working on last summer."

It turns out King may not be finished with 'The Shining,' his classic tale about the Torrance family and their strange attachment to the Overlook Hotel immortalized on film in 1980 by Stanley Kubrick. When we last saw Danny Torrance, the young boy was recovering with Wendy Torrance and Dick Hallorann (the latter, played by Scatman Crothers, died in the film but survived in the novel). Now, King stated that Danny's reactions to the events at the Overlook and how he uses his psychic powers may be fodder for an upcoming sequel, tentatively titled 'Doctor Sleep.'

According to King, Danny would now be 40 years old -- and we hope now called Dan or Daniel -- living in upstate New York and working at a hospice for the terminally ill. However, given his unique powers, he helps his patients "make that journey" to the other side.

With the exception of 'The Dark Tower' series, King is not known for revisiting his past work. Tempering expectations a bit, King said he wasn't 100% committed to the project, telling the crowd, "Maybe if I keep talking about it I won't have to write it."

So given the iconic status of the original, how would you like to see the sequel play out? Who should take over from Kubrick? And who should play Danny, now that original actor Danny Lloyd retired from acting soon after that unforgettable role?