Doctor Sleep – USA, 2019

Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American paranormal horror feature film written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil; Hush; Before I Wake; Oculus). The movie is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, which was a sequel to his 1977 bestseller The Shining , plus it connects to  1980 film adaptation of The Shining.

After the trailer was premiered in Los Angeles, Mike Flanagan took questions and confirmed: “It is an adaptation of the novel ‘Doctor Sleep’, which is Stephen King’s sequel to his novel ‘The Shining’. But this also exists very much in the same cinematic universe that Kubrick established in his adaptation of The Shining and reconciling those three, at times very different sources has been kind of the most challenging and thrilling part of this creatively, for us.”

Flanagan also confirmed that they had talked to Stephen King about combining his novel with Kubrick’s movie: “And our pitches to Stephen went over surprisingly well, and we came out of the conversation with not only his blessing to do what we ended up doing, but his encouragement,” he said.

The teaser trailer footage above features surprising footage of Danny Torrance and the Overlook Hotel,. However, even though it looks like it was from Kubrick’s The Shining, only one shot is.

“It’s interesting too because what you’ve seen today, in the more iconic imagery that’s been on the screen, that isn’t taken from the Kubrick film,” Flanagan explained. “There’s only one shot in the trailer you saw that’s actually his footage, and that’s the shot of the bloody elevators.”

 

Ewan McGregor stars as protagonist Danny Torrance. The supporting cast includes Kyleigh Curran as Abra Stone, Carl Lumbly as Dick Halloran, Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes) as Wendy Torrance, Bruce Greenwood as Danny’s friend Doctor John Dalton, Rebecca Ferguson as cult leader Rose the Hat, and Zahn McClarnon as her right hand man Crow Daddy. Horror regular Jocelin Donahue (Dead Awake; Summer CampThe House of the Devil; Insidious: Chapter 2) plays Lucy.

Director Flanagan previously helmed the successful movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game, a novel that had said to be untranslatable for the screen.

Ewan MacGregor has told The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert: “Well, it’s very faithful to the book, the script. If you’ve read the novel, that’s the story we’re going to tell.”

Plot:

Years after the events at the Overlook Hotel, the now middle-aged Danny Torrance who is still traumatised. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism.

However, he soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a twelve year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat…

Release:

Doctor Sleep has been brought forward from a 2020 release by Intrepid Pictures, Warner Bros. and Vertigo Entertainment. The hugely anticipated film is now scheduled for a November 8th, 2019 release.

Cast and characters:

  • Rebecca Ferguson … Rose the Hat
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Ewan McGregor … Danny Torrance
  • Bruce Greenwood … Dr. John
  • Zahn McClarnon … Crow Daddy
  • Emily Alyn Lind … Snakebite Andi
  • Carel Struycken … Grandpa. Flick
  • Jocelin Donahue … Lucy
  • Catherine Parker Catherine Parker … Silent Sarey
  • Robert Longstreet Robert Longstreet … Barry
  • Carl Lumbly … Dick Halloran
  • Chelsea Talmadge … Deenie
  • Alex Essoe … Wendy Torrance
  • Jason Davis … Businessman
  • Juan Gaspard … Bar Patron
  • Selena Anduze … Apron Annie
  • Zackary Momoh
  • Kevin Petruski Jr. … Bar Patron
  • Shane Brady … Magician
  • Kyliegh Curran … Abra Stone
  • David Michael-Smith … Recovering Alcoholic
  • J.T. Blair … Middle School Student
  • Jay D. Kacho … Detective
  • Thomas Downing … Bar Patron
  • Deadra Moore … Mrs. Robertson
  • Marc Demeter … Construction Worker
  • Met Clark … Short Eddie
  • Johnnie Gordon … Library Kid #3
  • Mistie Gibby … Bobbie

Filming locations:

Atlanta, Georgia

Trivia:

Akiva Goldsman (The Dark Tower; Rings) worked on an early draft of the screenplay.

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