Director Mike Flanagan Expects Doctor Sleep to Get R Rating

It's safe to assume that this will indeed be the case for the upcoming sequel to The Shining.

By Chris Morse

Production is underway on Mike Flanagan's upcoming film adaptation of Doctor Sleep, the novel of which was written by Stephen King and released in 2013 as a sequel to The Shining. It's still very early in the process, but director Mike Flanagan has been speaking out about taking on this film and giving fans some information on what to expect when it makes its premiere in early 2020.

Flanagan spoke with Collider about the project and revealed that it's "very safe to assume" the film will receive an R rating. The story features a number of adult themes ranging from trauma to addiction so such a rating would make sense, especially with the recent success of more mature horror films such as Stephen King's It. The filmmaker also discussed his inspiration for making this film and what it means to him to be creating a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's famous adaptation.

[I wanted to make Doctor Sleep] out of nothing but love for the Kubrick family and for the original novel. When I read Doctor Sleep, when it was first published, I was so taken with getting to spend time with Danny Torrance again. It touches on themes that are the most attractive to me, which are childhood trauma leading into adulthood, addiction, the breakdown of a family, and the after effects, decades later. It really speaks to a lot of my favorite stuff, so I was really, really fascinated by the possibility of being able to play in that world. It’s one of the most intimidating projects that I’ve ever done though, just because we’re standing in the shadow of Stanley Kubrick, which could have been Jesus. That’s a daunting thing. But the only way to get through it is to say, ‘I’m not Kubrick. I’m never gonna be, and I’m not trying to be.’ I’m gonna make my movie and see how people feel. I’ll just turn off the internet for two weeks, when the movie comes out, and everything will be fine.

The cast of Doctor Sleep includes Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequels) as Dan Torrance, Kyliegh Curran as Abra Stone, Rebecca Ferguson (Life, Mission Impossible: Fallout) as Rose the Hat, Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes) as Wendy Torrance, Carl Lumbly (Alias) as Dick Halloran, Zahn McClarnon (Into the West) as Crow Daddy, and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness) as Dr. John.

Stephen King's 2013 best-selling novel, Doctor Sleep, brought back Danny Torrance, grown up and psychologically traumatized from what happened to him as a young boy. Danny, or Dan as he refers to himself now, spends years drifting across the country trying to find his purpose and deal with his inner-demons. He eventually settles in a New Hampshire town and finds work at a local hospice. He uses his psychic "shining" abilities to comfort the dying, and with the help of a cat that can sense the coming of death, Dan becomes known at the hospice as “Doctor Sleep.”

Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) is directing the new film for Warner Bros. and also helped rewrite a script submitted by Akiva Goldsman. Doctor Sleep is slated for release on January 24th, 2020.

Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news on Doctor Sleep.

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Chris Morse

Thanks to friends and family, Chris grew up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games. From self-taught web design as a teenager to a formal education in computer science, he has always had a passion for web technologies and has channeled all of those interests into building this website platform. Chris opted to dive straight into horror with this project and is joined by some of those very same influential friends and family here on the staff. When not programming or gaming, you can find him heading to the midwest to cheer on his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!

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