Good news for Fandango VIP members: ‘Doctor Sleep’, the sequel to ‘The Shining’, will broadcast nine days earlier than the official release date. Mike Flanagan’s Stephen King adaptation features an adult Danny Torrance as he reckons with his traumatic past while dealing with a new supernatural threat.
Although ‘Doctor Sleep’ doesn’t officially hit theaters until November 8, Fandango is offering an opportunity for members of Fandango VIP, through the ticketing company’s rewards program, to catch the horror film early. The early screenings will take place at approximately 400 theaters nationwide, including big chains AMC Theatres, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus Theatres, Harkins Theatres, and more. Set decades after the events of ‘The Shining’, ‘Doctor Sleep’ follows Ewan McGregor as an adult Danny Torrance. The synopsis is below followed by a newly released poster.
“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—daring to go back and face his fears, while reawakening the ghosts of the past.”
The film is directed by Mike Flanagan, the director of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and will also star Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe, and Cliff Curtis.
King’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ book is a sequel to ‘The Shining’ novel, but the movie adaptation is taking a slightly different approach. King has spent decades expressing his anger about Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ movie which was immensely different than King’s novel due to the changes he made. When Flanagan boarded ‘Doctor Sleep’ as director, he had two choices: ignore Kubrick’s film entirely and make an adaptation true to King’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ book or somehow work Kubrick’s movie into this sequel as well. He chose the latter, and his film will embody King’s novel while incorporating Kubrick’s movie.
Tickets for the ‘Doctor Sleep’ early screenings are on sale here. ‘Doctor Sleep’ opens officially on November 8.