Mike Flanagan Previews Extended Director’s Cut of Doctor Sleep

This is what you can expect from the upcoming three-hour cut of the Stephen King adaptation.

By Chris Morse

Announced yesterday was the upcoming home video release of Mike Flanagan’s film adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel novel to The Shining. The notable bonus mentioned out of the gate for this release is that it will include a three-hour “Extended Director’s Cut” featuring around 30 minutes of footage not previously seen in theaters.

According to the filmmaker himself, this cut will not only consist of extended scenes but also additional scenes altogether that were not included in the final version. He describes this as a “more literary” cut, which is to say that it’s told in chapters and fleshes out more than the theatrical version did. You can read his comments in full below, courtesy of Collider.


The home video release for Doctor Sleep arrives on February 4th in physical formats and January 21st on digital. The physical versions that will be made available are 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Pre-orders are now being accepted over on Amazon.


Doctor Sleep brings 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.”

The cast 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.

In addition to directing, Mike Flanagan also helped rewrite a script submitted by Akiva Goldsman.

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