There Was Only One Actual Scene Used From Kubrick's THE SHINING in The DOCTOR SLEEP Trailer

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Yesterday the first trailer was released for Doctor Sleep, which is a sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining. I was super impressed with the trailer, and it seems like a lot of fans loved it as well! This looks like it’s going to be a great movie!

One of the things I thought was very cool about the trailer that we saw is that it incorporated footage from Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, The Shining. I initially thought that all the footage we saw was from Kubrick’s film. But, in reality, there was only one scene used. The rest of the Overlook Hotel scenes were shot by director Mike Flanagan!

I would have never known that had he not revealed that bit of information to ComingSoon in a recent interview where he said that the only actual footage they used from Kubrick’s movie was from the bloody elevator scene:

“The only scene we used from the Kubrick film was the bloody elevator.” The rest of the Overlook scenes were shot by Flanagan, last year, in a studio in Atlanta.

Flanagan also went on to talk about a few other things in the trailer like how Danny (Ewan McGregor) has hit rock bottom with a drinking problem. It’s also explained that, “He hasn’t used his ‘shine’ in decades, but now uses it for comfort in his job at a nursing home.”

You see, when he senses a resident is going to die, he uses the shining “to ease them into a painless, fearless death. Thus, he becomes known as Doctor Sleep.”

Flanagan went on to say that while The Shining tells a story about addiction, “he sees Doctor Sleep as the other side of the coin. It is a story about recovery.”

It’s explained that one of the most difficult aspects of making this movie honoring both King’s novel and Kubrick’s film, which, as you all know, King hates. But, he managed to pull it off and said that “Both King and the Kubrick Estate liked the film!”

The film continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

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—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

McGregor takes on the role of Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose the Hat, and Kyliegh Curran, in her major feature film debut, as Abra. The ensemble cast also includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.

Doctor Sleep is slated for release on November 8, 2019.

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