Doctor Sleep is officially rated R, confirms director Mike Flanagan. The upcoming film is meant to be a sequel to both the Stephen King book, The Shining, as well as director Stanley Kubrick’s legendary 1980 film adaptation of King’s book.
Flanagan took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that the MPAA had officially handed down a rating for Doctor Sleep. Unsurprisingly, the film has been rated R, and the director wanted to make sure fans knew exactly why.
“DOCTOR SLEEP has officially been rated R by the MPAA for ‘disturbing and violent content, some bloody images, language, nudity, and drug use,'” Flanagan wrote. “Sounds about right…”
Again, none of this is surprising given the mature content of the book the film is based on, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Despite King being very open over the years about his disdain for Kubrick’s adaptation, the Doctor Sleep movie is both a take on the writer’s novel of the same name and also a direct sequel to The Shining. Some of the footage in Doctor Sleep is a straight up recreation of The Shining‘s most iconic scenes.
You can check out the full synopsis for Doctor Sleep, below:
“On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul…”
Doctor Sleep, which centers on the adult Danny Torrence years after the traumatic events at the Overlook Hotel, stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zarn McClarnon. It’s scheduled for release on November 8.