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Doctor Sleep: The Shining sequel will pay homage to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic

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Oct 2, 2018

While it may not be faithful to the book it's based on, Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of The Shining is one of the most recognizable films in cinema history. And, of course, Stephen King is famous for hating Kubrick's take on his 1977 book of the same name. 

That being said, no one (not even King) can ignore the movie's impact on pop culture, which is why The Shining sequel (to the book, not the film), Doctor Sleep, will feature some sort of recognition of the Jack Nicholson/Shelley Duvall horror classic. 

“I think you do have to acknowledge that," Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan (editor on Gerald's Game) said during an interview with Bloody Disgusting. "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.”

The sequel focuses on an adult Danny Torrance (played by Ewan McGregor), who is still recovering from his traumatic year at the Overlook Hotel. Moreover, he wants to move away from his own father's history with drinking and violence. While working at a nursing home, he uses his psychic abilities (known as "the shining") to placate the mentally-declining inmates. 

Of course, this is a very different story than the one we got in The Shining and that will be apparent.

“At the same time, this is not The Shining,” Flanagan continued. “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 slated to hit theaters on January 24, 2020. Rebbeca Ferguson and Bruce Greenwood are also part of the cast. 


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