“When I was a kid, I bumped into these things. I … don’t know about magic. I always called it The Shining.”
Writer/director Mike Flanagan looks to do the impossible with the upcoming Doctor Sleep.
Not ONLY is the man taking on one of Stephen King’s more well-received modern works. One that is itself is a direct sequel to one of his many iconic works, The Shining.
But it looks like he’s going the extra mile. Transforming the work into an explicit follow-up to Stanley Kubrick’s famously divergent adaptation of the original novel. Down to tasking the Newton Brothers with reworking the iconic synth score and making affecting use of Kubrick’s production design.
Now, I have not read Doctor Sleep, so I don’t know how much of this all is in the original novel. It looks as if the basic plot of it, which follows an adult Danny Torrance (a tortured but warm Ewan McGregor) vs. a traveling band of “Shining Vampires” led by Rebecca Ferguson’s Rose the Hat, remains largely intact.
Word is Flanagan had to do some convincing, both with King and the Kubrick Estate to sell his take on the novel. From where I’m sitting, it paid off.
But, full disclosure, seeing young Danny (who is rumored to be portrayed by Jacob Tremblay) once again wheeling around the halls of the Overlook while the adult Danny pokes his head through the door he once defaced, culminating in those Seven Notes blasting through the title sent the best kind of chills through my body.
But what do YOU all think? Are you as in the tank for this as we are? Have you read Doctor Sleep? Does this look to be a faithful adaptation? Let us know in the comments below.