With It: Chapter 2 currently breaking box office records, screen versions of Stephen King’s novels and stories have never been more popular. Fans won’t have to wait long before the next adaptation hits theaters–the highly anticipated Doctor Sleep hits theaters in November. The movie’s final trailer has now been released.
Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining, the classic King novel which was adapted into a movie by Stanley Kubrick. Ewan McGregor plays the adult version of Danny Torrance, the telekinetic kid from that earlier book and movie, who is still haunted by memories of his childhood experiences. The trailer shows that he encounters a young girl with similar powers to his and must protect her from a sinister cult who are targeting gifted children. There are also a lot of visual references to the Kubrick film–check it out below.
The movie is directed by Mike Flanagan, who previously helmed the Netflix adaptation of King’s Gerald’s Game, as well as the hit show The Haunting of Hill House. It also stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Fallout), Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game), Jocelin Donahue (House of the Devil), and Jacob Tremblay (The Predator). Danny isn’t the only character from The Shining to feature either–Carl Lumbly (Alias) plays Dick Hallorann, while Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes) appears as Wendy Torrance. The movie hits theaters on November 9, 2019.
In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Flanagan spoke about the inevitable shadow that Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaption of The Shining cast over Doctor Sleep. “I think you do have to acknowledge [it],” he said. “There is no version of the world where I am trying not to acknowledge one of the greatest films ever made. There’s no upside in shying away from that reality. If you’ve read the book, you know exactly why it’s so different but it’s quite a tightrope that we’re walking I think.”
In related news, Flanagan is also making a follow-up to Hill House, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor. It’s based on Henry James’s classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw and will be released by Netflix next year. For more, check out GameSpot’s guide everything we know about The Haunting of Bly Manor so far.