Writer/director Mike Flanagan said last year that he was more than willing to helm a film adaptation for Stephen King’s The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep. Flanagan is fresh off of his success of adapting King’s other nail-biting tale Gerald’s Game for Netflix last year.
It seems Warner Bros. found Flanagan’s offer too tempting to resist. After all, how could you pass up a chance for a sequel to The Shining with a director like Flanagan leading the way? The studio is officially moving ahead with the project, and they have set a release date for January 24, 2020.
This sequel will be very interesting in a number of ways. First off, Stephen King has made it no secret that he isn’t a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic horror film adaptation. He told Deadline “it’s like a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it.”
This raises the question of how Flanagan intends to approach the sequel, and if King will have any involvement in the project. Kubrick’s film is widely loved by fans, but he made King’s story his own. It’s safe to assume Flanagan would intend to not add insult to injury decades later, and possibly try to stay faithful to King’s Doctor Sleep novel. But will it tie in to Kubrick’s film?
Flanagan is no stranger to doing a correction course with horror sequels. Ouija: Origin of Evil was a huge improvement over its predecessor. However, its predecessor wasn’t one of the most iconic horror films ever made. Trying to completely disregard Kubrick’s version could leave fans very upset. It seems Flanagan has his work cut out for him with this new project.
Now the biggest question is…ax or croquet mallet?
Are you excited to see Flanagan take on Doctor Sleep? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more news on this and other Stephen King adaptations! And be sure to check out King’s new novel The Outsider, available now in stores and online!