It’s strange for a Stephen King project to approach the pop cultural horizon subtly, that is just months before its release. Which is what Doctor Sleep – the new film based on King’s novel of 2013 – has done.
A bit of a sleeper in terms of pre-promotion (see what we did there?), the first official trailer for Doctor Sleep has just hit the interwebs, and judging by this three-minute creep clip, with or without the hype this film looks like truly spooky fun.
Doctor Sleep is, in fact, a sequel to The Shining, directed by Mike Flanagan and featuring Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny Torrance – son of Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance in the original film The Shining.
Since Stanley Kubrick – director of ‘The Shining’ – isn’t around anymore, director Mike Flanagan has got some big shoes to fill, and it seems he’s fitting in them snugly…
Several scenes from the original film appear to have made their way into the trailer (or at least very good re-enactments), and act as a clever juxtaposition to more contemporary but just-as-spooky visions (or “shinings”) by Danny and some new fellow “shiners”. In one scene, McGregor’s Danny even peers through a hole in a door, akin to the crack his dad Jack peered through upon delivering the famous line, “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!”.
So what’s the story about, you ask? Basically, it picks up decades down the line, with a now middle-aged Dan who is on a mission to save a gifted girl from a tribe of creepy murderous paranormals. But before Dan can play saviour unto others, he’s got to save himself – from a bout of alcoholism (probably inherited from his father), a very bad temper (ditto), and the insistent presence of ghosts from the Overlook Hotel who continue to haunt him even as a middle-aged man.
Since Stanley Kubrick – director of The Shining – isn’t around anymore, director Mike Flanagan has got some big shoes to fill, and it seems he’s fitting in them snugly. There’s a certain classic thriller edge to the scenes witnessed so far and this – paired with the fact paranormal horror is so popular these days – could see Doctor Sleep doing very well at the box office.
There’s no word yet whether Jack Nicholson will cameo in Doctor Sleep, but that would be, like, real genius if the director could squeeze him in there somewhere. As for Shelley Duvall possibly playing a part? Well, the first film very much messed her up so we doubt she’ll be rushing to the set for this one.
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‘Doctor Sleep’ is scheduled for release November 8, 2019.
View the trailer here: