Get ready to revisit the Overlook Hotel and all the evil within! Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King’s follow-up to The Shining is finally here, and the trailer does not disappoint.
The Stephen King adaptations are coming in thick and fast! Just this year alone we’ve seen Pet Sematary, It Chapter Two and In the Tall Grass, as well as the announcement of the upcoming miniseries, The Stand.
We’re truly living in blessed times, as the silver screen will be graced with yet another Stephen King treat before the year is out. Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the iconic horror classic, The Shining, is set 40 years on from the terrifying events of the original.
Set for release in November, the film follows on from Stanley Kubrick’s classic. Ewan McGregor is playing the adult version of little Danny Torrance who returns to the Overlook Hotel to try to piece together what occurred there so long ago. Danny’s trauma has led him to follow in his father’s footsteps, with anger problems and alcoholism in his middle age.
Danny looks set to retrace his father’s violent path through the hotel. He still sees terrifying visions and experiences the strange psychic power that was dubbed ‘shining’ in the original. The trailer shows many call-backs from The Shining, including the old woman from room 237, the Grady twins in the hallway, and the elevator filled with blood.
King famously loathed Kubrick’s take on The Shining, doubling down on this perspective in a Rolling Stone interview just five years ago,
“The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the screen, ‘Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part.’ And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just me, that’s the way I am.”
Despite this, the original has certainly had an enduring impact on popular culture in the decades since its release. In Doctor Sleep, fans will get to see this cult classic revisited and reinvented. Hopefully King will find more to like in this latest adaptation.
Doctor Sleep looks set to add onto Stephen King’s multiverse, which connects many of his stories across time and space.
Check out the trailer below:
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