“Doctor Sleep,” the sequel to “The Shining” starring Ewan McGregor as an adult Danny Torrance, has been Rated R by the MPAA, the film’s director Mike Flanagan said on Twitter Wednesday.
The film was given the R rating for “disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity, and drug use,” which Flanagan said, “Sounds about right.” The rating was also confirmed by the MPAA via FilmRatings.com.
McGregor plays Danny (the son of Jack Nicholson’s iconic character in the original) as a man now in his 40s, decades removed from the events of “The Shining.” Danny finds himself communicating with a young girl named Abra Stone who also has shine abilities to communicate via the mind and who might just be one of the most powerful of humans with the trait.
Stephen King published “Doctor Sleep” in 2013 as a sequel to his 1977 classic “The Shining,” and it’s just one of the King sequels Warner Bros. is releasing this fall, the other being “It: Chapter Two.” That film, released by Warner Bros. and New Line, also finds adult versions of its previously young characters facing off against their past demons, specifically the monster clown Pennywise.
Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Zahn McClarnon, Carl Lumbly and Jacob Tremblay also star in the film. “Doctor Sleep” will hit theaters on Nov 8.
DOCTOR SLEEP has officially been rated R by the MPAA for “disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity, and drug use.” Sounds about right…
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 21, 2019
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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...