Horror fans have had some mixed feelings about the adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, his direct sequel to the classic The Shining. The story focuses on Danny Torrance as a grown man dealing with his own demons and the fact not everyone with the ability to shine uses those powers for good.

At least we now know the sequel will indeed be mature.

Director Mike Flanagan has tweeted out that his Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson has been given an R-rating by the MPAA.

The news would certainly make fans of the original Shining happy to know the movie won’t be PG-13.

Check out Mike’s tweet below.

This won’t be the only Stephen King adaptation coming out this fall as IT: Chapter 2 is coming out next month, as there have been mixed reactions from the first round of press screenings.

Ewan McGregor got the film a little bit of extra press recently with reports that he’s signed on to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in his own untitled live-action Star Wars series for Disney+, something that hasn’t been officially announced by either Lucasfilm or Disney.

What’s lovely about Doctor Sleep is that director Mike Flanagan has reshot some of the iconic scenes from the original movie and the trailer using music that you could mistake for was from the Stanley Kubrick flick.

“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

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.

Warner Bros. has set Doctor Sleep’s release date for November 8th.


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