Filming has wrapped on director Mike Flanagan‘s Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. Flanagan has teamed up again with the Newton Brothers (interview) to compose the film’s score.
The Newton Brothers, whose real names are Taylor Stewart and Andy Gush, and Flanagan have worked together twice before, first on the King adaptation Gerald’s Game and then again on Netflix’s haunting series “The Haunting of Hill House.”
The Shining is such an impressive piece of work in all forms, and Doctor Sleep picks up from that in such a brilliant way. Stephen King is incomparable,” the Newton Brothers said. “Working with Mike is an incredible honor every time. The material he works with, the stories he tells and adapts, the talent, the crew, the producers … everyone involved brings their A-game every time and it inspires us to create the absolute best score for the film that we possibly can. It’s humbling to be on this team.”
Ewan McGregor stars as adult Danny Torrance, the adult version of the kid from The Shining. Alex Essoe stars as Danny’s wife Wendy Torrance. Carl Lumby, Kyleigh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Rebecca Ferguson, Alyn Lind, and Jocelin Donahue also star. Jacob Tremblay plays the role of young Danny. Carl Lumby plays Dick Hallorann.
In the film, “On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.”
Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel which picks up with Danny in his 40s, struggling with the same demons of anger and alcoholism that plagued his father.
Doctor Sleep opens in theaters on Jan. 24, 2020.