In not-so-shocking news, "Doctor Sleep," the highly anticipated sequel to 1980's "The Shining," will be rated R.
Director Mike Flanagan ("The Haunting of Hill House") confirmed the film's rating on Twitter, which has been given for "disturbing and violent" content, among other things:
"Doctor Sleep" takes place 40 years after the events of the first film. Ewan McGregor stars as Danny Torrance, who is still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook.
Dan has fought to find some semblance of peace, but that is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a teen who shares his supernatural gift of "shine." They team up to battle the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, who feed off shine in their quest for immortality.
Stephen King notoriously did not like Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie because it veered from his novel. McGregor has said "Doctor Sleep" will be “faithful to his novel. But for one thing. And I’m not going to give anything away.”
Flanagan has previously said he won't totally ignore Kubrick's film,t hough. "I think you do have to acknowledge it,” he noted. "There is no version of the world where I am trying not to acknowledge one of the greatest films ever made."
"Doctor Sleep" opens in theaters November 8.
Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. His hope for a peaceful existence soon becomes shattered when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the "shine." Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a cult whose members try to feed off the shine of innocents to become immortal. Read More
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family. Read More