An extended cut of Doctor Sleep is coming soon to home video, and director Mike Flanagan says we can expect something extraordinary from it. Talking with Collider, the rising horror star describes how the studio really went above and beyond to bring a whole new cut of the movie to life.
“I’m really excited that WB let me create this cut, much less release it … They really supported it – to the point that they made sure all of the new material with VFX was fully finished, additional score was composed and orchestrated just for this cut, and we did a full mix as well. They really let us do this right – it’s a finished, complete, fully polished new cut of the movie. Nothing in it is temp.”
Although Flanagan doesn’t want to spoil any surprises, he says that this version will be a much more literary version of the film, sticking as close to the novel as possible.
This is excellent news. Often, extended sequences don’t get the full care that they deserve. However, this appears to be a truly new experience, with a lot to be added to the film.
“There is new material throughout the whole film. Some of it is brand new stuff that was never included in the theatrical cut, and there’s also a handful of extended (or altered) scenes as well. There was never any intention to release this cut theatrically, we always knew it was too long…
There are some big new scenes, for sure. I don’t want to spoil any of that, but I can say that there is new material throughout (including in the final act at the Overlook). Some of my favorite stuff involved Young Danny and Wendy (there’s some terrific material with Alex Essoe that I’m thrilled is restored here), and will be familiar to fans of the book. There’s also a fair amount of new stuff involving young Abra in the film’s first act, learning about her shine, and how it affects her parents.
And there are some surprises I definitely won’t spoil here.
All in all, I think this cut is more literary than the theatrical cut. It very much feels like reading a novel… and is even broken into chapters, which gave this cut a very fun structure.”
Mike Flanagan’s alternate cut of Doctor Sleep will be available digitally on January 21st, 2020. It will arrive on BluRay and DVD the following month on February 4th, 2020.