Mike Flanagan Says ‘Doctor Sleep’ Is in the “Same Cinematic Universe” as ‘The Shining’

Collider | 6/13/2019 | Haleigh Foutch
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Ever since Warner Bros. and New Line announced Doctor Sleep, the big question on everyone’s mind has been the same: Exactly what version of The Shining is this a sequel to? Is this a straight adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 follow-up novel? Is it a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1980 film adaptation? Can it be both when King and Kubrick had famously divided interpretations of the material? In what will likely come as a relief to horror fans, it seems the answer is yes.

Ahead of today’s Doctor Sleep trailer debut, I had the opportunity to join a group of journalists for a chat with writer/director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy to get some insight on the tricky project, and the filmmakers confirmed that Doctor Sleep is intended to serve as a sequel to both the novel and the film; a tricky balancing act that demanded precision adaptation work.

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When asked which version of The Shining his film would be a sequel to, Flanagan seemed eager to answer the big question. “The answer’s really complicated,” he said. The answer to all of those questions for us has always been yes. It is an adaptation of the novel Doctor Sleep, which is Stephen King’s sequel to his novel, The Shining. But this also exists very much in the same cinematic universe that Kubrick established in his adaptation of The Shining.”

“Reconciling those three, at times very different, sources has been the most challenging and thrilling part of this creatively for us,” he continued. In order to pull it off, Flanagan and Macy worked with both King and the Kubrick estate, getting not just the blessing but “encouragement” from the author. “I went back to the book first and the big conversation that we had to have was about whether or not we...
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