All you need to know on the cin­e­matic fol­low-up to The Shin­ing


They’re mak­ing The Shin­ing 2? Is this an unau­tho­rised cash-in?

Not at all! Doc­tor Sleep is a gen­uine Stephen King-writ­ten se­quel to his clas­sic 1977 su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror novel The Shin­ing. Pub­lished in 2013, it came about af­ter King polled fans on his web­site as to which book he should write next — Doc­tor Sleep or an­other Dark Tower novel. (Sleep won by 49 votes.)

What is it about?

Set decades af­ter the events of the first book, it finds a grown-up Danny Tor­rance (now go­ing by Dan) still trau­ma­tised by the events of the Over­look Ho­tel, and work­ing at a hos­pice where he puts his ‘shin­ing’ abil­i­ties to good use — only to come up against darker psy­chic forces.

So it’s still in the su­per­nat­u­ral vein?

Very much so. Along the way, Dan en­coun­ters a cat that can sense death, a girl who pre­dicted 9/11 as a baby, and a mys­te­ri­ous group of mur­der­ous im­mor­tal psy­chics known as The True Knot, led by the enig­mat­i­cally named Rose The Hat.

Who’s be­hind the film? Pre­sum­ably Kubrick’s un­avail­able.

Mike Flana­gan, al­ready a King vet­eran with last year’s well-re­ceived Ger­ald’s Game, is be­hind the cam­era here, with Ewan Mcgre­gor cast as Dan and Re­becca Ferguson as Rose The Hat. Ex­pect Doc­tor Sleep to start tak­ing ap­point­ments in Jan­uary 2020.

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