Sat. Oct 1st, 2022



According to director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, The Haunting of House Hill), Warner Bros. closed the door on a prequel to The Shining due to the disappointing box office performance of its 2019 sequel, Doctor Sleep. In a Tweeter responding to fans, Flanagan explains that they were “so close” to doing a prequel, but the studio “chose not to go ahead”.

Doctor Sleep was based on Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, and the iconic author is unlikely to write a good prequel to The Shining anytime soon. The prolific King’s latest book, Fairy Tale, was released on September 6 and it already has Paul Greengrass (the Bourne series) attached to direct. Check out Flanagan’s exchange with a fan about the upcoming prequel below, which was sparked while discussing a fan-made poster.

In 2019, Doctor Sleep didn’t exactly win big with critics – even though it included Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and other big stars. Upon release, it sat at 59 with Metacritic, with GameSpot’s Mason Downey writing, “[Director Mike] Flanagan finds ways to evoke the mood and tone of Kubrick’s film that never overstays their welcome with cleverly matched shots, sound design, and character cameos. Even the handful of early flashbacks to Dan’s childhood manage to feel tasteful and appropriate.”

Mark Romanek spoke with IndieWire in 2020 about how the performance of Doctor Sleep also closed the door on his hopes for a prequel to The Shining, which was to be based on the original prologue King wrote, then threw away, of his 1977 novel.

Flanagan’s Midnight Club is set to arrive on Netflix on October 7 and features a younger cast than we’re used to from the director. A synopsis reads, “In a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club gather every night at midnight to tell spooky tales and search for signs of the supernatural beyond.”

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