Ewan McGregor as Danny Torrence in "Doctor Sleep."
Since 1976, nearly 50 films based on Stephen King & # 39; s lively collection of novels, short stories and short stories have been released in cinemas around the world
On Friday, "Doctor Sleep" arrives.
"Doctor Sleep" tells the story of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), the young son of Jack Torrance of "The Shining", who is now an adult. Danny has stunned his psychic ability with alcohol, but is still haunted by the memory of his father. When he meets a young girl who has the same gifts he has, he must protect her from a group of people who try to kill her and steal her powers.
The movie Warner Bros, which is rated as R, is expected to earn between $ 20 million and $ 25 million during its opening weekend.
"When people see this movie on Thursday night, I think we will see some really big numbers," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. [1
"It will play a little older," Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, agreed. "It's a little more cerebral. It could open for $ 25 million. It's a King movie and his fans will show up."
King of the office office
And show up, they have it. Since "Carrie" was adapted into a movie and released in 1976, movies based on King & # 39; s work have more than $ 2.8 billion in sales at the global box office.
In 2019, alone, "It: Chapter Two" and "Pet Semetary" adaptations have amassed nearly $ 600 million in global ticket sales.
Author-director Mike Flanagan, who previously adapted King's "Gerald's Game", took some liberties with King's novel.
"I said, 'Look, I'm a King fanatic, I've been since I was a kid, you're my hero, but when I read' Doctor Sleep, 'all the pictures in my head were Kubrick's pictures," he said Flanagan Entertainment Weekly on his version of "Doctor Sleep."
King has always been very upset about his dissatisfaction with Kubrick's film, namely how Kubrick portrayed Jack and Dany's father-son relationship and that he left the iconic Overlook Hotel standing in the end of the movie. In King & # 39; s novel, the hotel is destroyed.
Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise Clown in a still image from Warner Bros. & # 39; "It: Chapter 2."
When King wrote the sequel the hotel remained destroyed, so in order for Flanagan to mesh Kubrick's masterpiece with King & # 39; s work, he decided to use the ending of Kubrick's film, Hotel Abandoned, Not Exploded, as the jumping off point for his iteration of "Doctor Sleep. "
Flanagan reverts carefully cut the interior of the Overlook Hotel for the film in a studio space in Atlanta, Georgia.
"All I can say is that Mike took my material, he created an amazing story, people who have seen this movie turn for it, and I browsed for it too," King told EW. "Because he managed to take my novel by" Doctor Sleep ", the sequel, and somehow weld it seamlessly to the Kubrick version of the movie" The Shining ". So, yeah, I liked it a lot."