The Shining was not just one of Stephen King’s major achievements in the literary world, but it was also Stanley Kubrick’s major achievement in the horror film industry. The two stories were somewhat different, but the movie was still based off King’s original novel.
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Now that King has written a direct sequel to his 1977 book, Doctor Sleep, it has been optioned for film as well and NME reports that Oscar winning writer Akiva Goldsman has been attached pen the screenplay for the project.
Fans of the original Kubrick movie may not be getting what they are looking for when they see the sequel though. Although The Shining film mostly held true to the book, there were several instances were it deviated from King’s source material and that meant that certain people died in the movie that did not die in the book. That also includes the demise of the hotel, which did not happen in the film.
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So for all intents and purposes, the film adaptation is a direct sequel to the book, because otherwise, the characters in Doctor Sleep might not exist in the movie.
Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance through the years after his horrible ordeal at the Overlook Hotel. He is guided by his fellow “shining” friend Dick, his mother Wendy, and he finds his way in the world through tragedy and heartache. It is not until he encounters a young girl with the same powers as him, only stronger, that he finds his real purpose in life. He quickly becomes her mentor and protects her from a gang of roaming “shiners” who stay alive throughout the centuries by absorbing other people’s “steam,” which is their term for the “shining.”
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Fans will be delighted to know that the story also involves returning to where the Overlook Hotel used to be. But this article will not give away any spoilers on what happens there.
There has been no word yet on when production will start, nor when it will be released in theaters.
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