Only one other man in cinematic history has been trusted with bringing the Overlook hotel to the big screen and that was a little known filmmaker called Stanley Kubrick, so naturally the pressure was on Mike Flanagan when adapting Stephen King’s follow-up novel Doctor Sleep. But it couldn’t have been left in more capable hands.
The film is out in the UK this Halloween and to mark the occasion we had the pleasure of sitting down with Flanagan, alongside the film’s producer Trevor Macy, to discuss this excellent project, and how it went from being at one point just a cool idea, to then being a startling reality they had to undertake. They also talk about what it was like stepping foot into the Overlook set, which Flanagan describes as ‘walking into my own childhood memories’.
Watch the full interview below:
Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatised by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the “shine.” Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal.
Doctor Sleep is released in cinemas on October 31st