It’s a good time to be a fan of Stephen King with a plethora of adaptations on the way including the sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. The Shining is both a great book and a cinematic masterpiece which saw plenty of tense and creepy moments which made it a must read and/or watch for horror fans. Doctor Sleep which was released in 2013 was a worthy follow-up to King’s novel and with a film underway, we can hope for it to do justice the source material.
Following Danny Torance, who will be played by Ewan McGregor, the film will take place decades after the spirit of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father, Jack. The events then were pretty crazy and got The Shining an R-rating but that was a different time and it’s a wonder if Doctor Sleep may be following its predecessor. It looks like it just might…
Director Mike Flanagan spoke to Collider, revealing that the film will likely be Rated-R. If this is true, we can expect something harrowing from the film. That’s not to say a PG-13 film can’t do that but an R-rating would definitely help capture the feel of King’s novel. King’s previous adaptation, It was also Rated-R and it was both a critical and commercial success so it would be a smart move to do the same with this.
We’re going to have plenty of King underway with It: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary with both films expected to get R-Ratings. King adaptations are looking really good so far (The Dark Tower aside) so we might get another good one from Flanagan.