I’m a little bit late in posting this but I’m happy to correct that oversight now.
Doctor Sleep is a film that I’m very much looking forward to seeing. Doctor Sleep is a sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining and it’ll be interesting to see which version of The Shining that director Mike Flanagan will decide to honor with this film, King’s original novel or Stanley Kubrick’s far superior film version. Kubrick’s film is one of the best horror movies ever made but Stephen King has always been very vocal in his dislike for it.
(Personally, I think a lot of King’s distaste for the film comes down to jealousy over the way that Kubrick improved on King’s original story. Whereas The Shining is a good book that sometimes gets bogged down with King’s usual shtick, Kubrick’s film is a pop horror masterpiece.)
Judging from the just-released final trailer for Doctor Sleep, it looks like director Mike Flanagan will be building on Kubrick’s vision as opposed to King’s. As you can probably already guess, that’s fine by me. Flanagan is one of the best horror directors working right now and Ewan McGregor would appear to be perfectly cast in the role of grown-up Danny Torrance.
Doctor Sleep will be playing in theaters on November 8th. (That’s the day before my birthday so I have a feeling I know what my free movie at the Alamo Drafthouse is going to be.) Here’s the final trailer!