Am I being an idiot or did they keep this one really quiet? It has Ewan McGregor in it, for God’s sake. Why is this news to me?
Right, I suppose I’ll talk about it then, but I’m not happy with you, Warner Bros.
A direct sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep is the continuation of the story that follows Danny Torrance and is based on the 2013 novel of the same name, courtesy of Stephen King.
As you may remember either from the book or Stanley Kubrick’s film, Danny is the son of Jack – played by Jack Nicholson – and now he’s all grown up (like that Rugrats sequel series All Grown Up) but booo, he’s an alcoholic. There’s always something, isn’t there?
Mind you, he had a pretty traumatic childhood so you can’t really blame him for getting involved in a bottle or two.
So far, not much about the plot is known, except that Danny becomes aware of a nefarious cult that lives off the ‘steam’ from young children who possess the same psychic powers that he has. The titular “shining” was the psychic power that Danny possessed, and still does, and if you need reminding what that is, watch the Simpsons Halloween special, The Shinning.
Rebecca Ferguson also stars in Doctor Sleep as someone known as Rose the Hat, who is the head of ‘True Knot’ who are the aforementioned cult.
The trailer don’t give much away; it’s a moving picture, that’s for sure, and it’s got a title. The list goes on.
Sometimes these horror sequel can seem like a bit of a cash-grab from production companies and while this film might be, it’s in pretty good hands, in the form of Mike Flanagan, who created and directed The Haunting of Hill House.
He definitely knows what he’s doing. Recently Flanagan revealed that Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining book, rather than the film, but he made sure we knew his film would pay homage to Kubrick’s. He told Bloody Disgusting:
“Yeah, I think you do have to acknowledge that [the original movie]. There is no version of the world where I am trying not to acknowledge one of the greatest films ever made. There’s no upside in shying away from that reality.
At the same time, this is not ‘The Shining’.
It’s its own story and in a very specific way. If you’ve read the book, you know exactly why it’s so different but it’s quite a tightrope that we’re walking, I think.
I’m having a great time doing it. I’m just going to get the movie out and then turn off the internet for two weeks and see how it all goes.“
Doctor Sleep is due to be released on the 8th of November 2019, and we can’t wait.
Images via Warner Bros.
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