Hollywood is sort of going through a ‘Stephen King Renaissance’; after the reboots for IT and Pet Sematary, we’re set to have the sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. The film is set for a release in November, and WB has dropped the final trailer in time with the release of the last IT 2.
Here’s the official description:
Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.
Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
Admittedly the premise is more ‘superhero-y’ than horror, but you can see that the film is definitely banking on the popularity of The Shining. There are a lot of callbacks to the original film, and I have no doubt we could be getting a young CGI Jack Nicholson at some point in the movie.
With IT: Chapter Two managing to give us another solid entry for a Stephen King adaptation, a lot of people are excited to see what’s in store for Doctor Sleep. Besides the continuation of the story, I’m sure a lot of people are just happy to see Ewan McGregor sporting his Obi-Wan beard again.
Catch Doctor Sleep when it hits theaters Nov. 8.