The feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, will be checking in earlier than expected.

Recently, Warner Bros. announced a slew of release dates for a bunch of upcoming projects (via Deadline). In the announcement came the news that Doctor Sleep has been moved up from its original January 2020 release to November 8, 2019.

The sequel, published by Stephen King in 2013, follows an adult Danny Torrance who is struggling with alcoholism and anger issues and now works in hospice care, utilizing his Shine to ease dying patients into the afterlife. That peace is interrupted when he meets a young girl who also possesses the same abilities and is being hunted by a group of malevolent individuals who strengthen themselves by draining peoples’ Shine.

The film is being directed by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House), who successfully adapted King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix in 2017. Obi-wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, will play Danny Torrance.

Earlier reports suggested the film will serve as a sequel to Stephen King’s original The Shining novel as opposed to Stanley Kubrick’s beloved 1980 adaptation, which was infamously changed a lot from its source material.

This makes three Stephen King adaptations scheduled for release in 2019, beginning with Pet Sematary on April 5, It: Chapter 2 on September 6 and Doctor Sleep on November 8.

How do you feel about this news? Are you excited to see a sequel to The Shining with Mike Flanagan and Ewan McGregor? Hit me up in the comments below and let me know what you think!


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