"The Shining" sequel "Doctor Sleep" secures release date

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The Shining is the latest classic horror film to receive a belated sequel.

Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and The Shining is one of his most celebrated works. Generally regarded by genre enthusiasts as one of the best horror films ever made, you would assume that a sequel would be out of the question. When compared to other horror films of the eighties, it belongs in its own distinct plain.

However, it was, of course, an adaptation of Stephen King novel, of which there was a follow-up in 2013; Doctor Sleep. King elaborated on his 1977 novel by picking up the story many years later, examining the effects the events had on Danny Torrance.

The film of the same name will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who has impressed in recent years with such efforts as Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game, Hush, Oculus and Absentia. Danny Torrance will be portrayed in his adult years by Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) and will star alongside the likes of Rebecca Ferguson (Life), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and more.

Warner Bros. is planning to release the film on November 8, 2019. It will be interesting to see if Flanagan’s approach shares any resemblance to Kubrick’s film, of which King himself was famously not a fan of. The source material is well regarded, and hopefully, the cinematic adaptation is destined for the same.

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