“Doctor Sleep” director Mike Flanagan confirmed on Twitter that a prepared sequel to his 2019 “The Shining” sequel is officially lifeless. The filmmaker cited the dismal box business functionality of “Doctor Sleep” as the main explanation why Warner Bros. isn’t moving ahead with a “The Shining” prequel film concentrated on the character of Dick Hallorann (played in Stanley Kubrick’s film by Scatman Crothers and in “Doctor Sleep” by Carl Lumbly.
“We were being so close,” Flanagan wrote on Twitter about getting the Dick Hallorann motion picture built. “I’ll constantly regret this did not take place.”
Flanagan also shared a lover-produced poster for his scrapped “The Shining” prequel. When asked by just one user why his “Doctor Sleep” observe-up was not going to be produced, Flanagan responded, “Because of ‘Doctor Sleep’s’ box office effectiveness, Warner Bros. opted not to continue with it. They manage the legal rights, so that was that.”
“Doctor Slumber,” primarily based on Stephen King’s novel of the identical identify and starring Ewan McGregor as an older Danny Torrance, opened in theaters in Oct 2019 to combined opinions but disappointing box business office figures. The motion picture opened to only $14 million at the domestic box business and tapped out at $31 million, significantly beneath its noted $45 million manufacturing budget. Around the world, “Doctor Sleep” only attained $72 million.
Flanagan discovered in 2020 that his next “The Shining” motion picture was meant to go into development appropriate after he wrapped “Doctor Sleep,” telling the ReelBlend podcast (by using Collider), “Hallorann was generally more about Dick as a more youthful guy discovering about the shining. And the ‘Doctor Sleep’ novel tees up a prologue for it perfectly with the story of his grandmother and his grandfather. Which he tells a minimal bit of in this [movie]. But the plan was to open with him as Carl Lumbly, and then to discover a way to go again into the past and form of convey to this other tale that inevitably would, extremely substantially in the way ‘Doctor Sleep’ did, inevitably convey us back again to a common lodge.”
A Flanagan-directed Dick Halloran is not the only “Shining”-related challenge that acquired killed after “Doctor Sleep” failed at the box workplace. A extended-in-the-functions collection established at the Forget Hotel was in the beginning set to move ahead as an HBO Max original but was officially dropped in 2021.