In “unnecessary sequels that no one asked for” news, ScreenRant confirms Steven King has begun writing a sequel to The Shining and it seems to be….. well, let’s just go with creative. Ah yes because King has adapted so many great standalone films from his books (yes Dreamcatcher and The Langoliers, I’m talking to you, but don’t feel bad there’s tons more) that a sequel of one of the few decent King movies will surely turn out well. But enough about that, lets talk about the sequel called…….
Dr. Sleep! The young psychic from The Shining, Danny, is back and it’s 30 years after the events of the original, with Danny now working in a hospice to use his powers to soothe mentally-ill patients. But, his seemingly quiet life gets threatened when vampires enter. Now these aren’t your typical bloodsucking vampires. No, these vampires feed off of psychic energy. Yes you heard me correctly. But it seems like King plans on taking a heavily contemporary American point of view with the otherwise fictional story, by injecting real life issues such as medicare, which will allow an audience to quickly relate.
Now, if done right Dr. Sleep could work well as a standalone movie, providing an interesting take on vampire mythology. Plus a psychic vs. vampires story could provide some tense and epic moments. But as far as a sequel to an extremely iconic film built on one psychotically stellar role by the legendary Jack Nicholson? That’s going to be hard to accept because it really seems to take a departure from that psychological paranoia that worked so well in The Shining and instead stoops down to a typical horror story. But who knows, King may surprise us and deliver a cleverly eerie sequel that will have made our suspicions turn out to be just empty paranoia. Maybe.