Doctor Sleep is an upcoming American horror film based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Stephen King, which is a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining. The film set several decades after the events of The Shining, combines elements of the 1977 novel and its 1980 film adaptation of the same name directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Doctor Sleep is written, directed, and edited by Mike Flanagan. It stars Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance, a man with psychic powers who struggles with alcoholism. The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Kyliegh Curran in her feature film debut. Carl Lumbly Zahn McClarnon Emily Alyn Lind Bruce Greenwood Jocelin Donahue Alex Essoe, and Cliff Curtis also feature in supporting roles.
The character Danny Torrance first appeared in King’s novel The Shining as a child with psychic powers called the shining. The child character also appeared in Kubrick’s 1980 film. The novel Doctor Sleep and its film adaptation feature Dan Torrance as an adult.
Flanagan said that the film Doctor Sleep is an adaptation of King’s novel but that it would also exist in the same cinematic universe as Kubrick’s The Shining. The director said he made an effort to reconcile the differences between The Shining novel and film.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat he becomes Doctor Sleep. Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul.
Warner Bros. Pictures plans to release Doctor Sleep in theaters globally on 30th October 2019 and in the United States and Canada on 8th NOV 2019. It was initially scheduled to be released on 24/01/2020.