Everything We Know About Doctor Sleep

Ewan McGregor stars in Doctor Sleep (2019).
Ewan McGregor stars in Doctor Sleep (2019).
Warner Bros.

Decades after his father suffered a psychotic break while his family was snowbound in the Overlook Hotel, an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) uses his gift of extrasensory perception to help a young woman (Kyliegh Curran) evade the True Knot, a cult that feeds off psychic ability. Doctor Sleep is based on Stephen King’s 2013 book of the same name, a sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining.

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Written by: Mike Flanagan

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kyliegh Curran

Movie Facts

  • Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan had a formidable task ahead of him. His adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel novel needed to reconcile the differences between director Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and King’s original book. Among the more notable changes in Kubrick’s version was that the Overlook Hotel survives. In the book, it burns down. Flanagan sought King’s blessing to depict the Overlook in Doctor Sleep, which King granted. The Overlook set was built using the blueprints from Kubrick’s film. Whether it still burned down and Danny revisits it in visions or it somehow survived intact remains a mystery.
  • The title refers to Danny’s nickname. Now working at a hospice, he’s able to use his “shining” to comfort people near death, sharing their feelings and thoughts. It's an ability that leads to patients calling him “Doctor Sleep.”
  • Doctor Sleep was put into production quickly following the success of 2017’s It, another Warner Bros. King adaptation. With $327 million in domestic box office revenue, It is the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
  • Ewan McGregor read both of King’s novels to prepare for the role of Danny Torrance, who survived his father’s rampage at the Overlook and is now struggling with post-traumatic stress and alcoholism—but he read them out of order. "I read, funnily enough, Doctor Sleep first and then have gone back to The Shining since then,” he said. “I haven’t completed The Shining, I’m still dipping into it as we go along.”
  • Doctor Sleep will revisit at least two other characters from The Shining. Carl Lumbly will portray Dick Halloran, the caretaker of the Overlook who was killed by Jack Torrance in the film and was portrayed by Scatman Crothers. He survived in the novel. Alex Essoe will play Wendy Torrance, a role originated by Shelley Duvall in Kubrick’s film. It’s not known whether Jack Nicholson, who portrayed the unhinged Torrance family patriarch, will have any involvement in Doctor Sleep.

Warner Bros. will release Doctor Sleep in theaters on November 8, 2019.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture


This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

11 Extremely Valuable Blu-rays

Some Blu-ray discs can increase in value.
Some Blu-ray discs can increase in value.
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

While many movies may hold sentimental value, only a few can command a premium price on the collector’s market. Take a look at some Blu-ray discs that routinely sell for significantly more than their original retail price.

1. The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1 (1960-1971)

'The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1' Blu-ray is pictured
The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1.

This spooky collection of Vincent Price’s most macabre films—including 1961’s The Pit and the Pendulum and 1964’s The Masque of the Red Death—was issued by Shout! Factory (under their Scream Factory label) in 2013 in a limited edition that quickly sold out. Those who missed their opportunity now pay $330 or more for the set.

2. The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection (1976)

'The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection' Blu-ray is pictured
The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection.

Director Nicolas Roeg’s sci-fi fable about an alien named Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) arriving on Earth in search of water for his home planet got the Criterion Collection treatment in 2008. A sealed copy routinely sells for up to $400. Even a previously-owned version can net $90 or more.

3. Dolls: Collector's Edition (1987)

The 'Dolls: Collector's Edition' Blu-ray is pictured
Dolls: Collector's Edition.

A year before Chucky and Child’s Play arrived, director Stuart Gordon helmed this horror film about a group of strangers terrorized in a mansion by a collection of rampaging killer dolls. The 2014 Blu-ray is scarce and can go for $80 or more.

4. Our Man Flint (1966)

The 'Our Man Flint' Blu-ray is pictured
Our Man Flint.

James Coburn stars in this riff on the James Bond films as secret agent Derek Flint, who is tasked with foiling an attempt by criminals to control the weather. A sealed copy of the Twilight Time edition from 2013 can sell for $215 or more.

5. Ultimate Jordan (2011)

The 'Ultimate Jordan' Blu-ray is pictured
Ultimate Jordan.

This four-disc collection of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s greatest NBA moments and a look at his life off the court is highly sought after by fans. A sealed edition can fetch $100 or more.

6. Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition (2013)

The 'Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition' Blu-ray is pictured
Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition.

The Sandra Bullock space thriller is readily available on Blu-ray, but this special Diamond Luxe Edition offers two unique options: A Dolby Atmos soundtrack is included that’s meant for specialized surround sound systems. There’s also a feature that allows viewers to turn off the musical score and hear the film with just the dialogue and sound effects. Fans pay $150 or more for the disc.

7. Splash (1984)

The 'Splash' Blu-ray is pictured

This Tom Hanks comedy about an everyman who falls for a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) has yet to be officially released on Blu-ray in the United States. The Australian import version—which works on American Blu-ray players—can sell for up to $200.

8. Sharpe’s Rifles & Eagle (1993)

The 'Sharpe's Rifles & Eagle' Blu-ray is pictured
Sharpe's Rifles & Eagle.

This set includes two feature-length episodes (Sharpe’s Rifles and Sharpe’s Eagle) of the 1990s British series starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, an elite soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. The hard-to-find collection can sell for $185.

9. Time Lapse (2014)

The 'Time Lapse' Blu-ray is pictured
Time Lapse.

Three friends find a camera that can deliver a photograph of what will happen 24 hours into the future. This trippy sci-fi horror film is out of print and sells for $40 used.

10. Mysterious Island (1961)

The 'Mysterious Island' Blu-ray is pictured
Mysterious Island.

This fantasy film about Civil War soldiers who wind up stranded on an island full of creatures is prized for the stop-motion effects created by the legendary Ray Harryhausen. The out-of-print Twilight Time Blu-ray can sell for $104 or more.

11. Sordid Lives: The Series (2008)

The 'Sordid Lives: The Series' Blu-ray is pictured
Sordid Lives: The Series.

This little-seen Logo television series about a dysfunctional Texas family serves as a prequel to 2000’s Sordid Lives movie and stars Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John. The complete first (and only) season can go for $99 or more.