A sequel to “The Shining” is being made and it’s going to be insane

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When Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep hits theatres, you’re going to want to have weed brownies ready.

Feb 11, 2018

In 1980, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick introduced the world to his vision of the Overlook Hotel, a mountain resort plagued by tragedy and violence. The Shining became Kubrick’s most divisive film, diverting from the source material and sparking a documentary’s worth of conspiracy theories. Nearly 40 years later, audiences are going to check back up on Danny Torrance in a sequel being helmed by Oculus director Mike Flanagan.

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Writer/director Mike Flanagan will direct the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep”. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images for Samsung)

Between Netflix and political anxiety, cinemas struggled to inspire moviegoers to hit up the theaters in 2017, with only a handful of exceptions. One of them was IT, the clown-menaced revisitation to one of Stephen King’s most seminal works. Where The Dark Tower failed, it appeared to be a kick-off to another round of Stephen King obsessed media, which dominated pop culture throughout the 80s and 90s.

While a lot of King’s works got less pull as the millennium began, he’s still been revisiting a lot of his older characters, who loosely share a universe. In 2013, King released Doctor Sleep, the first follow up to The Shining, which catches up with a now adult Danny Torrance.

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Photo of original director Stanley Kubrick Photo by trend news via Flickr

Kubrick’s version of The Shining took dramatic deviates from the novel, creative decisions which never sat well with King. King’s version was much less ambiguous about the supernatural nature of the Overlook, and ghosts were directly trying to siphon from Danny’s powers for their own needs. In Doctor Sleep, a grown-up Danny is staving off his drinking habits at the cost of his psychic powers returning, gifts he uses to provide comfort in a hospice. As his powers grow, Danny becomes able to communicate with others like him, and not all of them have the best intentions.

It had been rumored that Flanagan was eyeing the book to adapt, but now Warner Bros. has confirmed the project, likely looking to harvest recognizable King properties after the surprise success of IT.

Feb 11, 2018