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Doctor Sleep

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Link to our thread on the book version of Doctor Sleep.

Links to our threads on the film versions of The Shining (1980) and Overlook Hotel (in development).

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{Exclusive} Akiva Goldsman Adapting Stephen King’s “The Shining” Sequel “Doctor Sleep”
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will adapt Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP, the sequel to the horror classic The Shining, for Warner Bros.
Originally published in 1977, The Shining follows Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their son Danny and their lives at the haunted Overlook Hotel. While there, the hotel possesses Jack and he slowly takes over the hotel and torments Wendy and Danny.
Doctor Sleep takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on the the now middle-aged Danny who is still traumatized. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat. . . .
The Tracking Board, March 31

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I wonder how close they will try and keep this to the original "Shining" film stylistically.  It's a story that could allow for a very different style, and this in the current era of filmmaking.  But the original film is so iconic that they might want to have some sort of stylistic connections.  Maybe also if they are going to be having some flashback scenes.

I can also see them going with a different style that would really play up the pulpiness of this story, and I can't see that as a good decision, at least overall, even though it is kind of pulpy in places.  

For some reason the film that comes to mind when I think of this story as film is "Something Wicked this Way comes." 

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The Shining movie is significantly different from the novel, and the Doctor Sleep novel follows the novel, so I doubt it will have much to do with Kubrick's movie (which King kind of hated, too).

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Tyler wrote:
: The Shining movie is significantly different from the novel, and the Doctor Sleep novel follows the novel, so I doubt it will have much to do with Kubrick's movie . . .

Which is kind of the opposite of what happened with 2001: A Space Odyssey. There, Arthur C. Clarke's sequel followed the movie rather than Clarke's previous novel (at least insofar as the monolith and everything that happened there was now in Jupiter's orbit, rather than Saturn's), and so the movie version of 2010 followed the movie too.

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