Doctor Sleep sequel dead after bad box office, says Mike Flanagan

Doctor Sleep sequel dead after bad box office, says Mike Flanagan

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“Doctor Sleep” director Mike Flanagan confirmed on Twitter that a planned sequel to his 2019 “The Shining” prequel is officially dead. The filmmaker cited the dismal box office performance of “Doctor Sleep” as the main reason why Warner Bros. film by Scatman Crothers and in “Doctor Sleep” by Carl Lumbly.”

“We were so close,” Flanagan wrote on Twitter of the making of the Dick Hallorann movie. “I will always regret that this didn’t happen.”

Flanagan also shared a fan-created poster for his scrapped second “The Shining” prequel. When asked by a user why his follow-up “Doctor Sleep” wouldn’t take place, Flanagan replied: “Due to the box office performance of ‘Doctor Sleep’, Warner Bros. chose not to go through with it. They control the rights, so that was that.”

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Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and starring Ewan McGregor as an elderly Danny Torrance, “Doctor Sleep” opened in theaters in October 2019 to mixed reviews but disappointing box office numbers. The film opened for just $14 million at the domestic box office and tapped for $31 million, well below its reported production budget of $45 million. Worldwide, “Doctor Sleep” made just $72 million.

Flanagan revealed in 2020 that his second “The Shining” movie was to go into development right after he wrapped “Doctor Sleep”, telling the ReelBlend Podcast (through Collider), “Hallorann was always more about Dick as a younger man learning about shining. And the novel ‘Doctor Sleep’ makes a perfect prologue to it with the story of his grandmother and his grandfather. Which he tells a little bit about here [movie]. But the idea was to start with him as Carl Lumbly, and then find a way to go back to the past and tell this other story that inevitably, just like “Doctor Sleep” did, would inevitably take us back to a familiar hotel.”

A Flanagan-directed Dick Halloran isn’t the only “Shining” related project to be killed off after “Doctor Sleep” failed at the box office. A long-term series set in the Overlook Hotel was initially supposed to pass as an HBO Max original, but was officially released in 2021.

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