Stephen King Has Been Working on a Sequel to The Shining?
This isn't exactly news, but it's quite an earth shattering thought that could end up shaking cinema to the core. Recently The Torontoist attended an event where author Stephen King treated fans to a 15-minute reading from the author’s new novel, Under the Dome, as well as a candid interview chock full of stories passed in an on-stage interview with Eastern Promises director David Cronenberg. In this interview, King shocked fans when he began casually describing an idea for a new novel only to slowly reveal that it was his concept for a sequel to The Shining, the original novel that spawned Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film.
Apparently the follow-up, referred to as Doctor Sleep, is something King has been working on since last summer where (spoilers for those who have neither read the book, nor seen the film) he's continued the story following Danny Torrance (the creepy "redrum" kid from the original) who was last seen recovering from his ordeal at the Overlook Hotel at a resort in Maine with fellow survivors Wendy Torrance and chef Dick Halloran (who actually dies in the film, but not the book).
In King's still tentative plan for the novel Danny is now 40 years old and living in upstate New York working at a hospice for the terminally ill. Danny’s occupation has him visiting with patients who are just about to pass on to the other side, and to help them make that journey with the aid of his mysterious powers. Meanwhile he also has a sideline in betting on the horses, a trick he learned from his buddy Dick Halloran.
From The Torontoist, "King remarked that though he ended his 1977 novel on a positive note, the Overlook was bound to have left young Danny with a lifetime’s worth of emotional scars. What Danny made of those traumatic experiences, and with the psychic powers that saved him from his father at the Overlook, is a question that King believes might make a damn fine sequel. I can't help but disagree on every level possible.
The Shining is a truly great horror film (and novel) that has stood the test of time, and should be left the hell alone. Why can't we let a story stand alone and not try to pick it up and run with it again. Some stories end, and in many cases, for the better, no matter how ambiguous, depressing or happy that ending may be. Fortunately all this talk from King is still only talk at this point, and the author even said himself, "Maybe if I keep talking about it I won’t have to write it." Don't be afraid to speak volumes, Mr. King… please. So while we never may see this turned into a movie, the story is out there, and maybe coming to bookshelves soon.