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Ewan McGregor promises Doctor Sleep will be an adaptation true to Stephen King's novel

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Aug 3, 2018

After adding a few choice cast members to the sequel of The Shining, the adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep let fans in on its philosophy toward turning the novel into a film in the first piece of real press that the movie has done.

Star Ewan McGregor, who’s playing an adult version of the psychically potent kid Danny Torrance (after a turn as an adult Christopher Robin), spoke about how the “faithful” script hopes to ward off the disappointment of King, who famously disliked Stanley Kubrick’s take on The Shining.

This is a problem for the Mike Flanagan-helmed feature, one that McGregor discussed with Stephen Colbert during an appearance on The Late Show.

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Going a bit more in-depth on the issue in an interview with USA Today, the actor responded to the question of how King will take the film by describing the tactics the filmmakers are taking. “I think he felt The Shining wasn’t a faithful adaptation of his book,” McGregor said. “Our script is faithful to his novel.”

But that doesn’t mean the actor is completely staying away from the Kubrick-esque temptation to put his own spin on the characters into the adaptation. “I’m reading Stephen King’s novel every day, and I’m really enjoying it,” said McGregor. “There are points where Stephen has written a bit, and I’m going, ‘Oh, that’s not right. I don’t think that’s quite [Danny].’ Like, now I’m already thinking I know the character more than Stephen King.”

That’s dangerous territory, Ewan. Territory that got Kubrick blasted by America’s favorite horror novelist. You want King happy? Stick to the script.