Doctor Sleep (2020 film)

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Doctor Sleep
Directed byMike Flanagan
Produced by
  • Trevor Macy
  • Jon Berg
Written byMike Flanagan
Based onDoctor Sleep
by Stephen King
StarringEwan McGregor
CinematographyMichael Fimognari
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Doctor Sleep is a 2020 American horror film based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film is directed by Mike Flanagan based on his rewrite of Akiva Goldsman's script. Ewan McGregor stars as Danny Torrance, a man with psychic powers and who struggles with alcoholism.

King's novel Doctor Sleep is a sequel to his 1977 horror novel The Shining, in which the character Danny Torrance first appears as a child with psychic powers called "the shining". The Shining was adapted into a 1980 horror film of the same name by director Stanley Kubrick. While the film Doctor Sleep is a direct adaptation of King's novel, Flanagan said that Kubrick's The Shining would be acknowledged in part.

Warner Bros. Pictures began developing a film adaptation shortly after the novel was published. Writer-producer Goldsman wrote a script, but the studio did not secure a budget for the film until the box-office success of its 2017 horror film It, also based on a novel by King. Flanagan was hired to rewrite Goldsman's script and direct the film. Filming began in September 2018 in the US state of Georgia, including Atlanta and the surrounding area.

Warner Bros. plans to release Doctor Sleep in theaters in the United States on January 24, 2020.

Synopsis[edit]

Based on the 2013 horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, the film follows an adult Danny Torrance (who was a child in King's 1977 horror novel The Shining) dealing with alcoholism like his father did. Danny comes across a cult that feeds on the "steam" of children who have psychic powers that Danny knows as "the shining".[1]

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Connection to The Shining novel and film[edit]

Doctor Sleep is based on the 2013 horror novel of the same name by Stephen King. The novel is a sequel to King's 1977 novel The Shining. The 1977 novel was adapted into a 1980 horror film of the same name by director Stanley Kubrick. King was critical of Kubrick's film adaptation to the point of writing and executive-producing a new adaptation with the 1997 television miniseries.[9] While the film Doctor Sleep is intended to be a direct adaptation of the 2013 sequel novel, director Mike Flanagan said Doctor Sleep would still "acknowledge Kubrick's The Shining in some way".[10]

Production[edit]

Warner Bros. Pictures began developing a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep as early as 2014.[11] In 2016, writer-producer Akiva Goldsman announced that he would write and produce the film for Warner Bros.[12] For several years, Warner Bros. could not secure a budget for Doctor Sleep or for a The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel.[3] In late 2017, Warner Bros. released It, a film adaptation of King's 1986 novel of the same name, and its box office success led the studio to fast-track production of Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros. hired Mike Flanagan in January 2018 to rewrite Goldsman's script and to direct the film.[13] Ewan McGregor was cast as the main character Danny Torrance the following June. Variety reported, "Sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor's casting." From June through October, more actors joined the cast.[2][1] Filming began in September 2018 in the US state of Georgia; locations included Atlanta and St. Simons.[14] In the area of Atlanta, specific locations included Covington, Canton, Stone Mountain, Midtown, Porterdale, and Fayetteville.[15]

Release[edit]

Warner Bros. Pictures plans to release Doctor Sleep in theaters in the United States on January 24, 2020.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c N'Duka, Amanda (October 2, 2018). "Karan Kendrick Cast In 'Just Mercy'; 'Doctor Sleep' Adds Jocelin Donahue". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (June 13, 2018). "Ewan McGregor to Star in New 'Shining' Movie 'Doctor Sleep' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (June 28, 2018). "Rebecca Ferguson Joins Ewan McGregor in 'The Shining' Sequel (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 30, 2018). "'Doctor Sleep' Finds Its Abra Stone In Kyliegh Curran". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 19, 2018). "Bruce Greenwood Boards 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 1, 2018). "'Shining' Movie 'Doctor Sleep' Taps 'Westworld's' Zahn McClarnon to Play Crow Daddy (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 21, 2018). "'Doctor Sleep' Finds Its Snakebite Andi In 'Revenge' Actress Emily Alyn Lind". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (August 1, 2018). "'Doctor Sleep' Gets Carl Lumbly For Dick Halloran, Alex Essoe For Wendy Torrance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Fujitani, Ryan (October 30, 2018). "Every upcoming Stephen King movie adaptation". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 31, 2018. It’s no secret that King himself was critical of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick adaptation of his novel The Shining – so much so that he wrote and produced a new adaptation in the form of a TV miniseries in 1997.
  10. ^ Topel, Fred (October 1, 2018). "'Doctor Sleep' Director Mike Flanagan Talks Acknowledging Kubrick's 'The Shining' and Contacting Original Danny [Exclusive]". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2014). "'The Shining' Prequel to Be Directed by Mark Romanek (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 31, 2016). "Akiva Goldsman Adapting Stephen King's 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'". Tracking Board. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 26, 2018). "Mike Flanagan To Helm Stephen King's 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Marc, Jonathan (July 10, 2018). "Ewan McGregor's 'Doctor Sleep' to begin shooting in Atlanta at the end of September". Geeks WorldWide. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  15. ^ Walljasper, Matt (October 29, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Doctor Sleep, The Banker, Stranger Things, Avengers, Watchmen, and more". Atlanta. Retrieved October 30, 2018.

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