Doctor Sleep (The Shining sequel) starring Ewan McGregor

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Ewan McGregor to Star in ‘Shining’ Sequel – Variety
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Ewan McGregor will star as Danny Torrance in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to horror classic “The Shining.”
Sources say King has given his blessing to McGregor’s casting.

Mike Flanagan, who helmed Netflix’s adaptation of the King novella “Gerald’s Game,” is directing. Flanagan’s producing partner, Trevor Macy, will produce along with Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg.

Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as “The Shining” prequel “Overlook Hotel,” for years, but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either film. Following the success of New Line’s “It,” every studio with any sort of King IP under its roof has fast-tracked each property into pre-production.

Doctor Sleep” begins as Torrance carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood. He’s become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the “steam” that comes off others with the power to shine, when they are suffering painful deaths.

Stanley Kubrick directed the original adaptation of “The Shining,” starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Danny Lloyd played a young Danny Torrance. At the time, the film was considered a box office disappointment, earning $44 million on a $19 million budget. Now, however, it is thought to be one of the great horror classics and has a built-in fan base ready for a sequel.

McGregor can next be seen in Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” adaptation “Christopher Robin.” He is repped by UTA.
 

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It’s The Shining on a 12 Step program.
 

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I'm glad Ewan McGregor is getting some gas money for his motorcycle though.
 

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Now, however, it is thought to be one of the great horror classics and has a built-in fan base ready for a sequel.
That's not how it works.

I think this could only work if it's a sequel to the events of The Overlook (i.e. closer to a sequel to the book) but not a sequel to Kubrick's The Shining. No reference to Nicholson or Duvall or Crothers or Kubrick-original elements of the story or flashbacks. Maybe a passing reference to a hotel when he was a kid, but this Danny Torrance should be a fresh character without the baggage of that original film.
 

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I think this could only work if it's a sequel to the events of The Overlook (i.e. closer to a sequel to the book) but not a sequel to Kubrick's The Shining. No reference to Nicholson or Duvall or Crothers or Kubrick-original elements of the story or flashbacks. Maybe a passing reference to a hotel when he was a kid, but this Danny Torrance should be a fresh character without the baggage of that original film.
That's not how it works.
 

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Would you be more interested in this as The New Danny Torrance Adventures or as The Shining II? I'm not saying I'm thrilled about either, but I'd much rather see it approached as an original property than see the hamfisted attempts to link it to the Kubrick or Weber film.

Has anyone read Doctor Sleep here? How's it?
 

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Would you be more interested in this as The New Danny Torrance Adventures or as The Shining II? I'm not saying I'm thrilled about either, but I'd much rather see it approached as an original property than see the hamfisted attempts to link it to the Kubrick or Weber film.

Has anyone read Doctor Sleep here? How's it?
The only reason anyone would ever be interested in this is if it was The Shining 2 or a completely separate Stephen King adaptation about a completely different character. But if it's an adaptation of a sequel to the Shining...yeah. It's a sequel to the Shining, and it will be jam fucking packed with references to the original.
 

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Has anyone read Doctor Sleep here? How's it?
I enjoyed it, but King did use the story and Danny as a vessel to spread 12-step ideas. That might turn some people off. And of course the novel is not a sequel to the film, so there is no Overlook in Doctor Sleep. It was destroyed. The entities remain and continue to haunt Danny, but he doesn’t even know it until he sobers up.
 

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I enjoyed it, but King did use the story and Danny as a vessel to spread 12-step ideas. That might turn some people off. And of course the novel is not a sequel to the film, so there is no Overlook in Doctor Sleep. It was destroyed. The entities remain and continue to haunt Danny, but he doesn’t even know it until he sobers up.
So it's a pro-sobriety movie? Ironic since I call rye Doctor Sleep.
 

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So it's a pro-sobriety movie? Ironic since I call rye Doctor Sleep.
After he sobers up, Danny finds his calling working as an orderly in a hospice, using his shining to help escort patients peacefully into death. That’s where the nickname and the title come from.
 

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I enjoyed it, but King did use the story and Danny as a vessel to spread 12-step ideas. That might turn some people off. And of course the novel is not a sequel to the film, so there is no Overlook in Doctor Sleep. It was destroyed. The entities remain and continue to haunt Danny, but he doesn’t even know it until he sobers up.
I just read the Wiki summary. I kind of want to read the book, but it also sounds terrible.
 

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I just read the Wiki summary. I kind of want to read the book, but it also sounds terrible.
The villains are by far the most compelling and interesting element to the plot.
 

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Yeah there’s kinda like a Legion of Doom of Shining bad guys. Like a lotta King starts off great and becomes formulaic at the halfway point on.
 

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but I'd much rather see it approached as an original property than see the hamfisted attempts to link it to the Kubrick or Weber film.
That's how it should be, but half the eventual audience for this is going to hate it for not being a "direct" sequel to Shining.
 

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You'll get this



or a sequel to this



Prepare to be disappointed
 

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Dr. Sleep?

Wasn't he on O&A?
 

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The only reason anyone would ever be interested in this is if it was The Shining 2 or a completely separate Stephen King adaptation about a completely different character. But if it's an adaptation of a sequel to the Shining...yeah. It's a sequel to the Shining, and it will be jam fucking packed with references to the original.
That's how it should be, but half the eventual audience for this is going to hate it for not being a "direct" sequel to Shining.
Actually....

http://www.darkhorizons.com/mcclarnon-lumbly-eesoe-join-doctor-sleep/

Zahn McClarnon (“Westworld”), Carl Lumbly (“Supergirl”) and Alex Essoe (“Midnighters”) are all set to join Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in “Doctor Sleep,” the upcoming sequel to Stephen King’s “The Shining,” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The story follows a now grown-up Danny Torrance (McGregor) who carries the trauma of the Overlook Hotel into adulthood, and has become a reflection of his murderous father, with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his ‘shining’ powers.

Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group who make others like them suffer painful deaths in order to absorb their powers.

McClarnon will play Crow Daddy, the right-hand man of Rose the Hat (Ferguson), the head of the cult that feeds on the ‘stream’ created by young people who have a touch of the ‘shining’ like Danny exhibited. Lumbly is Dick Halloran, the role played by Scatman Crothers in the 1980 Kubrick film, while Essoe is Danny’s mother Wendy Torrance (the Shelley Duvall role).

Mike Flanagan, who scored raves for his King adaptation “Gerald’s Game,” helms the new film with Trevor Macy and Jon Berg producing. A January 24th 2020 release is planned.
So if they're recasting two of the main roles (especially one of whom who is dead by the end of the first movie), then it's not a continuation of Kubrick's The Shining. It's a new stand alone story about a psychic drunk trying to protect a baby who can predict 9/11 from the Cult of Thorn run by the Mission Impossible chick.
 

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Would you be more interested in this as The New Danny Torrance Adventures or as The Shining II? I'm not saying I'm thrilled about either, but I'd much rather see it approached as an original property than see the hamfisted attempts to link it to the Kubrick or Weber film.

Has anyone read Doctor Sleep here? How's it?
I didn't hate it. Yes, there was a lot of AA pandering thrown in there, but what can one expect when one has gone through the shit Dan Torrance went through as a little kid? I mean shit, horror story ghosts, a homicidal father, psychic powers that he didn't understand; if he didn't become a druggie or an alkie I'd be shocked.

As to the story itself, aside from people and beings that have "the shine", the story stands pretty much on its own. The Shining is just the vehicle to explain why Danny's so fucked up, and why his recovery matters.
 

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Actually....

http://www.darkhorizons.com/mcclarnon-lumbly-eesoe-join-doctor-sleep/



So if they're recasting two of the main roles (especially one of whom who is dead by the end of the first movie), then it's not a continuation of Kubrick's The Shining. It's a new stand alone story about a psychic drunk trying to protect a baby who can predict 9/11 from the Cult of Thorn run by the Mission Impossible chick.
Or both characters are a figment of danny’s Imagination.
 

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Or both characters are a figment of danny’s Imagination.
But if they're flashing back to the original movie, I don't think they'd Force Ghost recast, especially with a woman who looks younger than Duvall in the original Shining. And I don't think they're going to overlay the original actors on these two. I do wonder if they'll have a new Jack.

Regardless, it's pointless arguing about this now. We'll find out whenever this movie that no one cares about is released to a public who won't see it.