Director Mike Flanagan was traumatised after editing Doctor Sleep murder scene

Director Mike Flanagan “wanted to die” after editing a brutal murder scene in Doctor Sleep.The filmmaker helmed the highly-anticipated 2019 sequel to the 1980 horror The Shining, and follows the now-adult Danny Torrance who has to protect a young girl …

Director Mike Flanagan “wanted to die” after editing a brutal murder scene in Doctor Sleep.

The filmmaker helmed the highly-anticipated 2019 sequel to the 1980 horror The Shining, and follows the now-adult Danny Torrance who has to protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with extrasensory abilities to remain immortal.

During the horror thriller, Jacob Tremblay’s character Baseball Boy is murdered by the sinister cult, and Flanagan confessed that not only was it the most disturbing scene he’s ever had to edit, but he was left traumatised after having to watch the scene over and over again.

“There was this two-and-a-half day period where we did the first assembly of that, or I’m going through the raw footage and trying to find everything, and it’s just screams,” he told CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast, before adding that he listened to the Katrina and the Waves song Walking on Sunshine to try and mask Jacob’s terrifying screams.

“Not only to drown out the screams for the other offices, but because after a few hours of going through the footage, like, I wanted to die. Just on the edit. Like you guys, the viewer gets to endure that scene for, I think all-in… the whole thing is for four and a half minutes,” Flanagan shared.

And he revealed that he even toyed with the idea of cutting the scene altogether, as he was worried it was too horrifying.

“There was a certain point, we always knew it was there, where if we backed off too far, the scene… its importance in the movie would no longer be there,” he stated.

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Mike Flanagan found it ‘almost impossible’ to recreate hotel for Doctor Sleep

Mike Flanagan found it “almost impossible” to recreate The Shining’s iconic Overlook Hotel for the sequel Doctor Sleep.In the horror movie, Ewan McGregor stars as Dan Torrance, who has psychic abilities known as “the shining”, and he returns …

Mike Flanagan found it “almost impossible” to recreate The Shining’s iconic Overlook Hotel for the sequel Doctor Sleep.

In the horror movie, Ewan McGregor stars as Dan Torrance, who has psychic abilities known as “the shining”, and he returns to the Overlook Hotel, where he spent time as a child, to confront demons new and old.

Flanagan and his team painstakingly tried to recreate the Overlook director Stanley Kubrick designed for 1980’s The Shining with 100 per cent accuracy, but they soon realised they had quite the task ahead of them.

“If someone else had made the (Doctor Sleep), I, as a fan, would be scrutinising every frame, I would be holding them to the standard that would be pretty insane, the level of detail, making sure they got it right,” he said during a Q&A in London. “We didn’t get it all right, I can tell you that, we tried, it’s really hard to do, it turns out.”

The Hush filmmaker had access to all of Kubrick’s blueprints for his designs, but the late director didn’t always stick to them, and they discovered the colour of the typewriter, an important prop, changed over the course of The Shining. Accordingly, he did a poll to find out what colour it should be for Doctor Sleep.

“The typewriter changes colour during the course of The Shining, we had it for one scene, so the question we would ask ourselves was, ‘How do you remember it, what colour is the typewriter?’” he recalled. “And we would poll everyone… If we had to make a decision, we made it based on how we who loved the film remembered it the most, with the hope that even though it might not be completely accurate for the film in its entirety, it would be close enough and kind of the way you guys remembered the film. I guarantee you we didn’t get everything right, it’s almost impossible.”

However, they managed to achieve the Overlook recreations and only resorted to using Kubrick’s footage to show a car driving up a canyon road with the permission of his estate.

Doctor Sleep is in cinemas now.

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Doctor Sleep director plotting potential sequel

Director Mike Flanagan has started brainstorming ideas with author Stephen King for a potential sequel to Doctor Sleep.The new movie is a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, with both films based on novels by horror master King, and Flana…

Director Mike Flanagan has started brainstorming ideas with author Stephen King for a potential sequel to Doctor Sleep.

The new movie is a follow-up to Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, with both films based on novels by horror master King, and Flanagan reveals they have already begun throwing around possible plots to continue developing the story of troubled protagonist Danny Torrance.

“(We’re) talking actively about what’s next, and we have a great idea for that I’m not allowed to talk about yet, but it’s really cool, and yeah, I expect there will be another chance to play in that sandbox very soon,” the moviemaker teased in an interview with CinemaBlend.

Doctor Sleep is the director’s second adaptation of a King book, having previously brought psychological thriller Gerald’s Game to the screen for a Netflix movie in 2017. And having them both so well received by the writer has given Flanagan a real ego boost.

“It’s been my dream since I was a kid to be able to adapt Stephen King, and he’s let me play in that sandbox two times; I would be thrilled to do it again,” he gushed about his hopes of working together on a third film and beyond. “He’s been happy both times, which is still like (mind-blowing), as long as that keeps up, if he’ll have me back, I’m there for the long haul. I’ll do as many as he’ll let me.”

Receiving King’s blessing for Doctor Sleep was crucial for Flanagan to turn the 2013 book of the same name into a movie because the author had previously been vocal about his dislike of Kubrick’s take on The Shining – but the filmmaker needn’t have worried.

“I’ve enjoyed all his movies,” King said of Flanagan. “I read the (Doctor Sleep) 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.'”

Doctor Sleep stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up Torrance, who was played by child actor Danny Lloyd in the cult 1980 movie, which also featured Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as his parents.

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Mike Flanagan saw 900 girls while casting Abra in Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie. In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “th…

Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and his team saw more than 900 girls while trying to find the perfect Abra for the movie.

In the new horror, which is a sequel to The Shining, Abra Stone is a young girl with formidable psychic abilities known as “the shining” and she has to hold her own in scenes with Ewan McGregor as Dan Torrance, a recovering addict with similar powers, and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Rose the Hat, the leader of a cult who feeds on children with psychic abilities.

During a Q&A at a screening of the film in London, the director revealed the team saw 900 girls before finding 13-year-old Kyliegh Curran.

“We saw more than 900 girls trying to find the right one and you hear these stories about Hollywood casting that you hope are true and this is one of those stories,” he said. “Kyliegh, who is a complete unknown, who is a local hire – she lived 15 minutes from our production offices – had submitted a tape, didn’t have the big agency weight behind her – I don’t think she even had a current headshot – and her tape did what it was supposed to do.”

Curran’s tape kept rising through the levels of the casting process until she made the final few, which included experienced actresses, and got called in to read with McGregor.

“She came in and read with Ewan and as soon as she walked out the room, the door hadn’t quite closed yet, and he turned to us and said, ‘It’s obviously her, right?’ and it was, we all completely agreed,” the filmmaker recalled. “She’s an amazing young talent. You hope in your career that you get to see someone really truly come out of nowhere like that and I’m honoured that we were there to able to see that happen for her because she’s really something.”

Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel of the same name, is in cinemas now.

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Mike Flanagan felt like ‘throwing up’ while screening Doctor Sleep for Stephen King

Director Mike Flanagan was so nervous screening Doctor Sleep to Stephen King for the first time that he felt like vomiting. The Hush filmmaker is a huge fan of the famed horror author’s work and read his 2013 book Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1977 novel T…

Director Mike Flanagan was so nervous screening Doctor Sleep to Stephen King for the first time that he felt like vomiting.

The Hush filmmaker is a huge fan of the famed horror author’s work and read his 2013 book Doctor Sleep, a sequel to 1977 novel The Shining, the week it was released – so he was incredibly nervous when he brought the finished film to Maine to show it to King in an empty cinema.

“I sat right next to him actually. I’m a fanboy first and that was paralysing,” Flanagan said at a screening of the film in London. “I think I stared at my foot trying not to look directly at him during the screening, but I was mostly just acutely aware of every shift or sigh or anything he did, I was reading way too much into. I felt like throwing up for two and a half hours.”

King doesn’t hold back when it comes criticising the movie adaptations of his novels and was particularly scathing about Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining. Accordingly, Flanagan was nervous when he suggested using the film as a basis for his sequel.

“His opinions are absolutely well known, he’s not shy about them at all, so it was nerve-wracking to go to him and say, ‘Look, I really think the only way to make this right is to make it within the cinematic universe that Kubrick established.’ His initial reaction was, ‘No,'” Flanagan revealed. “The argument was: What I’d like to do is treat Kubrick’s film as canon, we’d like to make this a direct follow-up to that film, but within that, I wanted to give him a chance to see some of the elements from the novel The Shining that Kubrick had jettisoned… (King) has been very specific about what upset him and that gave us a lot to work with… It was a nerve-wracking proposal and if he hadn’t given us his blessing for that we wouldn’t have made the film.”

Luckily, King offered his approval and “loves” the finished film, as do members of the Kubrick estate, with Flanagan adding, “It almost doesn’t matter at this point what happens now those two have spoken.”

Doctor Sleep, starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson, is in cinemas now.

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Jason Clarke relieved Stephen King approves of Pet Sematary remake

Jason Clarke was relieved to learn that author Stephen King approved of the Pet Sematary remake.King’s 1983 horror novel was first adapted for the big screen in 1989, and it has now undergone the remake treatment, with the Australian actor playing Dr. …

Jason Clarke was relieved to learn that author Stephen King approved of the Pet Sematary remake.

King’s 1983 horror novel was first adapted for the big screen in 1989, and it has now undergone the remake treatment, with the Australian actor playing Dr. Louis Creed, who moves to a new home with his family and discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden in the woods behind it.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jason said he felt relieved to read emails in which the renowned horror writer gave his seal of approval, given that King didn’t hold back in voicing his issues with Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of his 1977 novel The Shining.

“Of course, yeah. I like The Shining, and I’m sure Stephen appreciates that movie in some way. In the emails that I’ve seen, King understands that his work has to be interpreted,” Jason explained. “There’s no way just to do a straight adaptation of his book. The directors had to make it their own, which I think they’ve done. It’s wonderful to have that dialogue. It must be great for him to see his books be interpreted still, 30-40 years after they’ve been written.”

The First Man actor read the novel in his teens and was scared by it. Although he was a fan of the source material, Jason had to leave that behind and surrender to the script and his directors, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, when it came to the shoot.

“You have to shoot the film in the end; the script is what you’re shooting. It’s easy to make that mistake as an actor: to try and do the source material,” he continued. “If it’s not gonna work for the story that’s going to be told in the cinema, it’s gonna kind of run into a brick wall. So, that’s the director’s job — to guide you.”

However, he recalled a moment when he improvised a line which was inspired by a different character’s piece of dialogue in the novel.

“By understanding the source material, you find ways to bring out more of the book, when you can, while still shooting the script,” he added.

Pet Sematary, which also stars John Lithgow and Amy Seimitz, is due for release in April (19).

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The Shining, Jurassic Park and Brokeback Mountain enter National Film Registry

Movies including The Shining, Jurassic Park and Brokeback Mountain have been selected for preservation by officials at the U.S. National Film Registry. Each year, 25 films are selected by executives of the Library of Congress to be added to the regist…

Movies including The Shining, Jurassic Park and Brokeback Mountain have been selected for preservation by officials at the U.S. National Film Registry.

Each year, 25 films are selected by executives of the Library of Congress to be added to the registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” important and at least 10 years old.

The 30th annual list was released on Wednesday (12Dec18), and it included Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson, and Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur classic, which starred Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum.

Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, which portrays a love story between two cowboys played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, was also selected. It was only released in 2005, making it the youngest-ever entry on the registry.

“To my great surprise, the film ended up striking a deep chord with audiences,” Lee said in a statement. “The movie became a part of the culture, a reflection of the darkness and light, of violent prejudice and enduring love in the rocky landscape of the American heart.”

Other additions include 1935 movie The Informer, giving director John Ford the most entries on the list with 11, Alfred Hitchcock’s first American feature Rebecca, Disney’s 1950 animation Cinderella, 1987’s Broadcast News, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra movie On The Town, and 1964’s My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year, and for those three decades, we have been recognising, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said. “These cinematic treasures must be protected, because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

Other entries include Orson Welles’ The Lady From Shanghai, Leave Her to Heaven, Days of Wine and Roses, The Navigator, Eve’s Bayou, Smoke Signals, Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People, Hearts and Minds, One-Eyed Jacks, Pickup on South Street, documentary Monterey Pop, and 1898 29-second movie Something Good – Negro Kiss.

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Westworld’s Zahn McClarnon lands major movie role

Zahn McClarnon has been added to the cast of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.It was announced in June that Ewan McGregor would be playing the grown-up version of Danny Torrance, played by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult horror classic, al…

Zahn McClarnon has been added to the cast of The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.

It was announced in June that Ewan McGregor would be playing the grown-up version of Danny Torrance, played by Danny Lloyd in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 cult horror classic, along with Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, the leader of a group of quasi-immortals who prey on people who have psychic abilities known as the shining.

Now it’s been announced that Westworld favourite Zahn will also appear in the retelling of Stephen King’s follow-up novel, as Crow Daddy, Rose’s right-hand man.

Written in 2013, 36 years after Stephen penned The Shining, Doctor Sleep follows an adult Danny, who is haunted by the issues of rage and alcoholism which plagued his father Jack Torrance, famously played by Jack Nicholson, as well the events of what happened at the Overlook Hotel in his childhood.

Carl Lumbly has been cast as Dick Halloran, an integral character of the original story, while Alex Essoe is starring as Danny’s mother Wendy Torrance. The roles were previously helmed by the late Scatman Crothers and retired actress Shelley Duvall.

Mike Flanagan, known for his work in the horror genre, is directing, and also adapted the screenplay from Stephen’s award-winning book. The story is set in Massachusetts this time around, the state Mike was born in.

Since wowing as Akecheta in season two of Westworld, Variety reports 51-year-old Zahn has been on the radar of several movie executives.

His previous credits include TV shows The Son and Longmire, as well as season two of Fargo, which his co-star Ewan joined for the third series.

Doctor Sleep is due to hit cinemas in January 2020.

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Mission: Impossible star in talks for The Shining sequel

Mission: Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to join Ewan McGregor in The Shining sequel. McGregor has already signed on to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, which will revisit the plot of dire…

Mission: Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to join Ewan McGregor in The Shining sequel.

McGregor has already signed on to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, which will revisit the plot of director Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, set in a spooky, remote hotel.

The Scottish star is playing the son of Jack Nicholson’s manic caretaker character, but it remains to be seen what part Ferguson will take on, if she signs up for a role in the project.

Mike Flanagan will direct the sequel, based on King’s 50th novel. He has also reworked Akiva Goldsman’s adapted screenplay for the project. Goldsman will serve as the film’s executive producer.

Danny Lloyd played McGregor’s troubled young character in the cult 1980 movie, which also starred Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as his parents, and now the story picks up several decades later as Ewan’s character tries to come to terms with the demons that have been haunting him since he was a little boy, while working as a hospice employee who attempts to help the dying make peace with death.

According to Deadline, he establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme extrasensory abilities, and who is being targeted by a scary group with similar powers. Her experiences take Danny back to the horrors of the Overlook Hotel, where the story around The Shining took place.

Ferguson has become an in-demand name since appearing opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. She’ll reprise her role as Ilsa Faust in next month’s (Jul18) Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

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Ewan McGregor front-runner to star in The Shining sequel

Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror movie The Shining. Danny Lloyd played the troubled young character in the cult 1980 movie, which also starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Du…

Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror movie The Shining.

Danny Lloyd played the troubled young character in the cult 1980 movie, which also starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as his parents, and now the story picks up several decades later as McGregor’s character tries to come to terms with the demons that have been haunting him since he was a little boy.

Mike Flanagan will directed Doctor Sleep, which is based on The Shining author Stephen King’s 2013 follow-up – the writer’s 50th novel.

In the new film, Danny Torrance is also haunted by issues of rage and alcoholism which plagued his father.

Flanagan has also reworked Akiva Goldsman’s adapted screenplay for the project. Goldsman will serve as the film’s executive producer.

In Doctor Sleep, Torrance is a hospice employee trying to help the dying come to terms with death. According to Deadline, he establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme extrasensory abilities, and who is being targeted by a scary group with similar powers. Her experiences take Danny back to the horrors of the Overlook Hotel, where the story around The Shining took place.

If McGregor signs on for The Shining sequel, he’ll tackle the role after playing the title character in Disney’s Christopher Robin. He’s also committed to upcoming movies The Land of Sometimes, The Cow, and Zoe, in which the Scottish actor will play a robotic engineer, who falls in love with an android portrayed by French actress Lea Seydoux.

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