‘He really, really didn’t like the movie’: Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick so much for adapting The Shining that he almost quit Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep

by Stanley Kubrick the brilliant was hated by author Stephen King. Although it received a lot of adoration from horror fans, the book’s creator felt unfulfilled. Mike Flanagan wanted to adapt his sequel Doctor Sleep from books to big screens.

The Hated King of Horror the brilliant so much so that production on its sequel was halted when Stephen King denied Mike Flanagan permission. The director eventually convinced King to let him do the film and it turned out to be a successful decision.

Stephen King is the author of The Shining, Doctor Sleep and It.
Stephen King is the author of The Shining, Doctor Sleep and It.

Stephen King had stopped the production of Mike Flanagan

the brilliant enjoyed great success in the 1980s. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, the film was praised by all but its author Stephen King. Citing the reason for the major discrepancies between the book and the film, King was afraid to let another book go to waste.

Over the past few years, Mike Flanagan (of The Haunting of Hill House Fame) wanted to make a sequel to the 1980 film and continue the franchise. When he asked Stephen King for his permission to adapt the book Doctor Sleep in one movie, King said a simple no.

Stephen King and Mike Flanagan.
Stephen King and Mike Flanagan.

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The Midnight Mass The director recently took to his Tumblr account to post the story of how he convinced the King of Horror to trust him and let him do it and make it happen. Doctor Sleep.

“I came up with a proposal that outlined what I wanted to do – use Kubrick’s visual language and keep the Overlook standing as the setting for the final battle. The initial feedback we received was ‘no’. King didn’t like really, really not the Kubrick movie, and his priority was adapting DOCTOR SLEEP – not revisiting THE SHINING. I told him if he didn’t want me to do it, I wouldn’t – I would walk away film before doing something he hated.

The director continued further,

“But as a last ditch effort, I said ‘imagine the Overlook, decrepit and rotten. And imagine Dan Torrance having come in to “wake” him up, with the lights turning on above his head as he walked through the halls. He finds his way to the golden room. At the familiar bar, where an empty glass awaits him. And we see a familiar bartender ready to pour for him, saying “good evening Mr. Torrance”. What if this bartender was his father? After a little delay, King answered us. “Do it,” he said.

With a star cast of Edward Norton and Rebecca Ferguson, the film earned $72.3 million at the worldwide box office. Stephen King was also pleased with the end result and therefore his universe should expand further into the hidden depths of The Dark Tower.

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Will Stephen King’s Horrorverse finally happen?

A poster for the 2017 film The Dark Tower.
A poster for the 2017 film The Dark Tower.

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In 2017, a film titled The dark tower has been freed. The movie starred Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and yet he failed in his performance. According to the books, The dark tower is apparently linked to many important works of Stephen King. The place functions as a common connecting point (and perhaps the cause) of all the horror that occurs in King’s horror-verse. The 2017 film directed by Nikolaj Arcel crashed very strong with a low of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.

With Mike Flanagan, things could very well be different. The director has a lot of experience with the horror genre and has been praised for creating series like The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass. If all goes well, Stephen King could end up giving Flanagan the keys to his Horrorverse, and The dark tower and all of his related works could get a warranted adaptation.

Doctor Sleep is available to stream on HBO Max.

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