While one Stephen King adaptation from Warner Bros. is taking the box office by storm, another will soon be in theaters as the final trailer for “Doctor Sleep” was released on Sunday.
As with the first trailer for the sequel to “The Shining,” references to Stanley Kubrick’s famous film abound as Ewan McGregor’s grown-up Danny Torrance explores the abandoned ruins of the Overlook Hotel, faithfully re-created for the film from Kubrick’s original set designs.
Danny, the boy who was both blessed and cursed with the supernatural ability known as The Shining, was hunted by his father after he was driven to madness in the original story.
In the sequel’s trailer, Danny investigates the hallway where he met the ghostly twins, the door where he carved the infamous “REDRUM” with a crayon, and the bathroom where his father tried to break in with an ax. We then see him meet Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a young girl who also has The Shining and instantly recognizes that Danny has the power as well.
Abra openly embraces her powers, but is being hunted by a mysterious cult called The True Knot, which hunts people with The Shining in a quest for immortality. Now Danny and Abra must fend off The True Knot and their leader Rose (Rebecca Ferguson), and in doing so, Danny must finally come to peace with what happened during that infamous winter at the Overlook Hotel.
Mike Flanagan is writer and director on the film, with Trevor Macy and Jon Berg producing. “Doctor Sleep” hits theaters November 8.
Watch the trailer in the clip 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...