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The Shining Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Has A Director
Posted on 27th January, 2018 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
Well, it seems the Stephen King train isn’t stopping anytime soon – Blaine the Mono would be proud – as progress on Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining) moves forward.
Last year proved to be a very interesting year for adaptations of the Wordslinger‘s literary works. With the huge success of It, and the unfortunate disappointment that was The Dark Tower; the recent big-screen adaptations have been a true rollercoaster. Regardless of the latter’s failure, the Tower still stands strong; as production on The Dark Tower TV series moves forward.
In addition to the silver-screen, King fans were also treated to two Netflix great movies; 1922 and Gerald’s Game – the latter of which was directed by Mike Flanagan. Thanks to his great work, Flanagan has now landed directing duties on Doctor Sleep.
A Sequel with a Little ‘Shine’…
Whether this will be marketed as a sequel to The Shining or not; is yet to be seen.
In the literary world; Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining, but has enough going for it to stand alone on it’s own merits. The novel released in 2013 and was well received by fans – myself included.
I also love Stanley Kubrick‘s adaptation of The Shining, but given how vocal Stephen King has been about how he dislikes the film; it is unlikely that the Doctor Sleep adaptation will pay homage to the 1980 horror classic.
Don’t ‘Overlook’ the Possibilities
In addition to helming the movie, Flanagan is also set to rewrite the script originally adapted by Akiva Goldsman.
Here’s the plot of the novel:
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless — mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.
Although a less claustrophobic novel than The Shining, Doctor Sleep is still an intense and terrifying story that I can’t wait to see on the big-screen. Finger-crossed Mike Flanagan can capture the same magic as he did with Gerald’s Game, and give fans an adaptation worthy of the novel.
Are you excited for another Stephen King adaptation?
Given that Warner Bros. are the studio behind Doctor Sleep; and the Kubrick adaptation of The Shining, do you think they’ll treat it is a sequel to the original movie?
Let me know in the comments below.