Legendary horror author Stephen King has been on one hell of a roll in 2019. He released his most recent novel The Institute earlier this year and will have two film adaptations released by the end of 2019. It: Chapter Two- the sequel to 2017's It, which broke box office records- came to theatres this past September. The other adaptation is Doctor Sleep, which is scheduled to come out on Friday, November 8th.
But just how long is Doctor Sleep's run time? Well, for those who wish to know, you now have your answer. It's been confirmed that this horror film has a total run time of two hours and 32 minutes. It may sound on the long side- but those who've seen King's more recent film adaptations know that this is pretty normal. Case in point: the aforementioned It: Chapter Two was nearly three hours long!
Doctor Sleep is based on King's 2013 horror novel that shares the same name. Both are sequels to The Shining. The book was released back in 1977, while the Stanley Kubrick-directed adaptation came out in 1980. It starred Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson in the lead role and has since become known as a classic.
The horror movie's synopsis is as follows: "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."
Due to many plot changes made in The Shining's film adaptation, there were some challenges in getting those changes to line up in the adaptation of Doctor Sleep. After all, no one wants to see any continuity issues in the long-awaited sequel to the former horror movie. But it sounds like the filmmakers managed to iron out all of those kinks in the end.
Despite this long run time, we still can't wait to see Doctor Sleep. Given the fact that King himself loves the film, it's likely to be yet another hit for the author!