Danny Torrance must face old terrors in the first official teaser trailer for “The Shining” sequel “Doctor Sleep.”
In the trailer, Danny (Ewan McGregor) communicates through a blackboard with someone who has similar abilities, only to be awoken to REDRUM drawn on the blackboard. It turns out that the young girl is Abra Stone, who might just be the most powerful human with shine abilities, which allows some to communicate with others through the mind.
“I only met two or three people like us,” Danny tells Abra. “They died.”
Also in the trailer, we see glimpses of “The Shining,” transporting us — and Danny — back in time. The ominous theme from “The Shining” was also featured in the teaser, adding another hint that the upcoming film will make many allusions to Stephen King’s most famous novel and Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying classic.
In the sequel to “The Shining,” Danny Torrance is in his 40s when he encounters the same demons his father did in the previous book and subsequent film adaptation. King published “Doctor Sleep” in 2013 as a sequel to his 1977 bestseller “The Shining.”
Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Zahn McClarnon, Carl Lumbly and Jacob Tremblay also star. Mike Flanagan is writing and directing.
“Doctor Sleep” will hit theaters on Nov 8.
Watch the trailer above.
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Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...