In case you didn’t know: Yes, Stephen King wrote a sequel to The Shining, and sure, it was made right into a film. It’s known as Doctor Sleep, and it’s airing on HBO this Saturday evening at eight p.m. ET.
Directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game) Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor as Danny “Dan” Torrance, aka the little child from The Shining. (“Danny’s not right here proper now, Mrs. Torrance.”) The first scene in Doctor Sleep finds us the place director Stanely Kubrick left viewers again in 1980, not lengthy after Danny and his mother had been traumatized in the Overlook Hotel. We see Dick, the head cook dinner of the resort who’s now a ghost (performed in the authentic by Scatman Crothers, now performed by Carl Lumbly) explains to Danny that he has a psychic skill known as his “shining,” that ghosts feed off of. Dick, a pleasant ghost, teaches Danny how to lock the ghosts in imaginary packing containers in his thoughts. You know, traditional Stephen King trauma metaphors.
Then we flash ahead to 2011, the place Danny is all grown up, and an alcoholic, thanks to the proven fact that he’s haunted by these psychic demons. He learns how to use his shining to consolation dying sufferers, which is how he earns the nickname Doctor Sleep. I received’t spoil what occurs subsequent, however, ultimately, Danny does find yourself again at the Overlook Hotel. There even three photographs from Kubrick’s The Shining utilized in the movie—”the shot of the island in the canyon, and the two photographs after the automobile going up the canyon highway,” in accordance to an interview Flanagan gave to ScreenRant.
If you’re pondering, “Huh, that sounds much more difficult and much more ghost-y than I bear in mind The Shining film being,” you’d be proper. King hasn’t hidden his displeasure with Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel, which scaled again the supernatural particulars considerably. In truth, the writer disliked it a lot, he made his personal 1997 miniseries adaptation of the novel. Then King wrote a 2013 sequel to his novel, aka Doctor Sleep. The movie model of Doctor Sleep—which opened in theaters final fall to principally constructive opinions—basically bridges the hole between the guide universe and film universe of The Shining. So don’t fear: Even in the event you’ve by no means learn both guide, you’ll nonetheless have the option to respect Doctor Sleep. You most likely do need to ensure you watch The Shining first, although. Luckily, that’s simple to do—you should purchase or hire a digital copy wherever you purchase or hire movies.