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Recent Stephen King adaptations have been well received by both critics and fans of the author’s work. Indeed, It was considered to be one of the best horror films of 2017 and a recent trailer for the remake of Pet Semetary got a lot of praise. One of the latest books written by Stephen King was Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, and Doctor Sleep is going to be adapted into a film.
The director for this movie is Mike Flanagan and, in an interview with Collider, he spoke about Doctor Sleep and how he is not trying to mimic Stanley Kubrick, director of The Shining.
Here is what Mike Flanagan had to say about this issue:
“[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.”
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