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'The Shining' Might Be The Latest Stephen King Movie To Get A Sequel, And We're Not Sure How To Feel
If you're a fan of horror movies in any way, then chances are you've seen Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece, The Shining. Adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, the film tells the story of an unhinged man accepting a job as the winter caretaker of a ski lodge, only for him and his family to be assailed by the madness that lies hidden both in the lodge, and in himself.
The movie is considered one of the definitive works of horror, and it's hard not to see why. Not only is the film absolutely terrifying thanks to its visuals and sound, both of which do a great job of making you feel just as cold, isolated, and terrified as the Torrances, but the performances by Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall and Danny Lloyd are so believable you'd think they were actually being tormented on set (which, in Shelly Duvall's case, she actually was).
Even if you're not a fan of horror movies at all, chances are that you've seen a reference to this movie at some point in your life. The Simpsons did a hilarious parody called "The Shinning" in their fifth Halloween episode, and honestly, does anyone hear the phrase "Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" without thinking of a manic Jack Nicholson anymore?
So, of course, a sequel to the movie is being eyed by a director of other Stephen King fare. Keep reading though, because this actually might have some potential...
Mike Flanagan is a name that's definitely not anywhere near as recognizable as Stanley Kubrick, but you might actually be familiar with some of his work. He's directed a few pretty successful movies like Oculus and Hush, both of which have had some pretty solid success on Netflix.
Clearly Netflix agreed, because they hired him on to direct their adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game, which premiered this year. Now that he's gotten that done, he's apparently eyeing another King story for adaptation: Doctor Sleep.
Die-hard King fans will probably recognize this book as King's sequel to The Shining, which focuses on a now-adult Danny Torrance and how his life has been after surviving the events at the Overlook Hotel. He's also eyeing King's Lisey's Story.
It has yet to be confirmed if this will even be happening, but Flanagan seems pretty hopeful it will. When asked why he picked those stories of all of King's work, he was pretty candid in his answer:
"In both cases, it's because I identify with the protagonists so much," he said. "And who wouldn't want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrence?"
What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing a sequel to The Shining?