Stephen King Didn’t Like Mike Flanagan’s First Pitch for DOCTOR SLEEP!

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When it comes to Stephen King adaptations, for the longest time the best one seems to have been THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. That is until Mike Flanagan came onto the scene with 2017’s GERALD’S GAME for Netflix. 

It’s been on record that Flanagan has wanted King’s approval for something as big as DOCTOR SLEEP however, and at first, he didn’t get it. 

When talking to The Daily Beast, Flanagan spoke about his first pitch to the author. 

“My initial pitch to him was that I’d like to do as faithful an adaptation of Doctor Sleep as I can,” he said, “but I’d like to bring back the Overlook — and specifically, I’d like to bring back the Overlook as Kubrick imagined it. And his initial reaction was, ‘No.’ He was not interested in that.”

While Kubrick’s adaptation had the Overlook and a few of the main story beats, it changed quite a few things and King has been very vocal about his dislike of the 1980 version of THE SHINING. 

Flanagan came back with a new idea that was able to be true to King’s work and also pay homage to the Stanley Kubrick film. 

King told Entertainment Weekly about Flanagan’s second attempt:

“So, I read the script very, very carefully, and I said to myself, ‘Everything that I ever disliked about the Kubrick version of The Shining is redeemed for me here.’”

Are you on board for return to the Overlook with DOCTOR SLEEP? Let us know in the comments below!

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