Ewan McGregor in First Trailer for 'The Shining' Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'

Brenda Watkins
June 14, 2019

Warner Bros. Pictures invited viewers back into the mind of horror maestro Stephen King when it unveiled the first trailer for Doctor Sleep, the sequel to 1980's The Shining, on Thursday, June 13.

But this is a Stephen King story we're dealing with here, so there's no sunshine-y happy ending in sight. The author famously hated Stanley Kubrick's vision of his 1977 novel, calling it the only adaptation of his work he could "remember hating". Look for Doctor Sleep to hit theatres on September 24th.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace.

The trailer sees Danny meet Abra [played by Kyliegh Curran] who shares the same extrasensory gift he possesses, known as "shining".

Abra and Dan eventually team up in attempts to stave off Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, as they feed off such supernatural powers with hopes of achieving immortality.

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Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose.

As a result, Danny is forced to call upon his own powers and face the ghosts of the past. So I don't want to spoil to what extent and what specific, outside of what you already got to see, what we have kind of been able to revisit form Kubrick's world. Otherwise, it's all brand new.

"Everything else is us", Flanagan said.

While we'll never change our mind that making a sequel to Kubrick's film is a fool's errand, the layers and levels that movie operates on are truly insane, we're still happy to accept this on its own terms.

Doctor Sleep is directed by Mike Flanagan (the horror specialist behind Oculus, Hush, and Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House) working off his rewrite of Akiva Goldsman's screenplay adaptation of King's 2013 best-selling novel Doctor Sleep.

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