Ewan McGregor in First Trailer for 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'

June 13, 2019
Source: YouTube

Doctor Sleep Trailer

"I don't know about magic… I always called it 'the shining.'" Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to his original novel "The Shining". So this is a direct sequel to Kubrick's The Shining movie. Doctor Sleep is both written and directed by Mike Flanagan, of "The Haunting of Hill House" fame and director of the other Stephen King film Gerald's Game, which means this is in good hands. Set years after the events of The Shining, Ewan McGregor stars as an adult Danny Torrance, a man with psychic powers known as "the shining". The cast includes Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, head of the True Knot, a cult that feeds on children with these powers; Kyliegh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Jacob Tremblay, Carl Lumbly (playing the same cook played by Scatman Crothers in The Shining), and Alex Essoe as Wendy Torrance, Danny's mother (originally played by Shelley Duvall). This looks very cool, a tasty first look tease.

Here's the first teaser trailer (+ teaser poster) for Mike Flanagan's Doctor Sleep, from WB's YouTube:

Doctor Sleep Teaser Poster

Years following the events of The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrence (Ewan McGregor) meets a young girl with similar powers as his and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal. Doctor Sleep is directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Mike Flanagan, director of the films Makebelieve, Still Life, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Absentia, Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Gerald's Game previously, who also directed the TV series "The Haunting of Hill House". The screenplay is also written by Mike Flanagan, adapted straight from Stephen King's novel of the same name first published in 2013. Warner Bros will release Flanagan's Doctor Sleep in theaters everywhere starting on November 8th, 2019 this fall. First impression? How does it look so far?

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I'll check it out. I could see Ewan McGregor playing Danny. Now, if everyone can get past the genius that is Kubrick's version of The Shining it might be enjoyable.

Movies Are Fun on Jun 13, 2019


So, Kings work keep shining through all these years. It may not be the Kubrick's, but it might be watchable. The only problem is the word 'sequel' in this. To be honest ...

shiboleth on Jun 13, 2019


You know its a sequel Stephan king wrote a sequel to the shining.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 14, 2019


Of course, that's kinda obvious. But it's also King's legacy, isn't it? The problem is that films like original one from S. Kubrick works more like a finished whole in many senses, something that doesn't really need a sequel. To be as simple as possible ...

shiboleth on Jun 14, 2019


It doesn't necessarily look bad, but it just doesn't look like anything special when comparing it to The Shining, which is in my top 3. I haven't seen anything this director has made, but I've heard good things about the netflix show. IMO this should've been shot on film, though.

Efterklang on Jun 13, 2019


Yea, I agree. There is no way this will even come close to the brilliance of Kubrick's take on this. I see no intelligence or subtley or nuance at all in this, but then again, that's King's work in my opinion. Kubrick's film was horrifying with such depth and intellect it still fascinates me. Plus, the production design and the photography were remarkable. Then again, it was Kubrick behind it all. He elevated King's pulp novel into the stratosphere. This movie will not come close to those heights. Of course, I agree it should have been shot of film as I think everything still should be shot on film. In this case I don't care and it would not have made any difference whatsoever.

thespiritbo on Jun 13, 2019


It doesn't necessarily look bad, but it just doesn't look like anything special when comparing it to The Shining, which is in my top 3. I haven't seen anything this director has made, but I've heard good things about the netflix show. IMO this should've been shot on film, though.

Efterklang on Jun 13, 2019


Definite chops, looks good.

DAVIDPD on Jun 13, 2019



Cam Colt on Jun 13, 2019


The one thing this trailer does for me is make me look forward to the restored version of The Shining even more now. I don't know who this Mike Flanagan is, but reading the list of his films in this article hardly give me the impression he's "acclaimed". I guess if you get anything posted to YouTube these days SOMEONE is likely going to call you that.

Charles Knowlton on Jun 13, 2019


The Haunting of Hill House was pretty good, but I think that's all I've seen of his work.

grimjob on Jun 13, 2019


I would consider him acclaimed. He churns out a movie every year it seems and only like one of them has less than 80 on RT. I've enjoyed everything of his especially haunting of hill house. You should look into him.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 13, 2019


Indeed, indeed. Even his other Stephen King adaptation, Gerald's Game, earned rave reviews from die-hard horror fans.

Alex Billington on Jun 14, 2019


this is bad,not of mike flanagan(every horror fan knows his name) but you can't give a classic a sequel.They always tried it,but it will always fail,expectations to high,other time period.You can't remake a point in history

ari smulders on Jun 14, 2019


Damn, forgot this film was even coming out. I'll give it a shot though, if it gets good reviews. Was never really a big "Shinning" fan, movie or mini-series, so I guess I could give this a chance. And I kinda like the director's previous work, but just barely.

JohnDoeB on Jun 14, 2019


Looks decent but Ewan looks completely unconvincing as Danny.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 14, 2019


I want to like this, but it seems uninspired.

Electronic Eric on Jun 18, 2019


Huh. Following Kubrick will be impossible, so bound to disappoint many viewers... I'm open to the idea, since King wrote the sequel, but tbh this just looks like lots of fan-service references to the first film, which does not excite me for this film (just for re-watching the original). Pretty 'meh' vibes, as a result.

Terry Craig on Jun 26, 2019

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