brian-mcgee - September 9, 2019
If you've read "Doctor Sleep," Stephen King's follow-up to "The Shining," you'll know that King burned the Overlook Hotel of the first book and Stanley Kubrick's film to the ground. Certain concessions have clearly been made for the film adaptation of Doctor Sleep, as the film wants to retain the hotel that burned to the ground as a crucial third act location. This allows the film to be a follow-up to Kubrick's The Shining—which King notoriously despised—as well as an adaptation of King's 2013 book, by retaining the author's services as an executive producer, allowing him at least a voice at the table in shaping the narrative.
Director Mike Flanagan has put together a fairly impressive horror resume in the last decade, often working as his own editor, and he was most recently the major creative voice behind Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. He also has another King adaptation, Netflix's Gerald's Game, under his belt, so he's got some credence with the author.
As to the film itself, it's cool to be back in the Overlook, and Ewan McGregor seems to be doing fine with the accent, but I keep waiting for it to slip into one of his Fargo characters. He also looks like he's wrestling with some fake chompers, so who knows? Doctor Sleep haunts its way into theaters on November 8.
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