With Doctor Sleep set to come out sooner than later, fans are getting more and more excited to see the long-awaited sequel to The Shining. The novel of The Shining came out back in 1977, while Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation came out in 1980. Legendary horror author Stephen King didn't release Doctor Sleep until 2013, and we're finally getting the movie adaptation based on the long-awaited sequel.
With the movie adaptation of The Shining being held to such high regard, fans are wondering- how many clips from Kubrick's classic horror film are actually in the upcoming Doctor Sleep? Considering that the latter is a sequel to the former, some fans think that the 1980 film will appear here and there in the newest Stephen King adaptation. Now, we finally have an answer to this particular question.
"We didn’t want to appropriate footage. There are three shots in the film that are reclaimed Kubrick footage. It was really important that if we were going to do this, we weren’t just taking this footage," director Mike Flanagan explained. "It was that we were going to be recreating these sequences from the ground up, knowing that we wouldn’t ever get that perfect. And that was OK. It felt more honest to do our best attempt than to just take his.
Flanagan went on to say, "You know, I am a lifelong [Stephen] King fanatic, and so I’m very protective of his characters and his intentions. But I’m also a lifelong Kubrick fanatic, and very protective of The Shining. So it was a very schizophrenic kind of experience. But we basically approached this as fans first, and ran it through this filter of: what is the movie that we want to see? If someone else was making it, what are the choices where we would say, ‘I wish they’d done this’ or ‘I wish they hadn’t done this."
To recap Doctor Sleep's film synopsis directly from Warner Brothers, "Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the 'shine.' Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past."
Needless to say, we really can't wait to finally watch Doctor Sleep!