Not that MPAA ratings really ever dictate the quality of horror movies, but as horror fans, we’re all naturally interested in the ratings of upcoming fright films. It should probably come as no big surprise, but director Mike Flanagan is saying that his adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, now filming, is most likely going to be gunning for an “R” rating.
Flanagan just told Collider that it’s “very safe to assume” it’ll be rated “R”.
He also told the site, “[The novel] touches on themes that are the most attractive to me, which are childhood trauma leading into adulthood, addiction, the breakdown of a family, and the after effects, decades later. It really speaks to a lot of my favorite stuff, so I was really, really fascinated by the possibility of being able to play in that world.”
Carl Lumbly was recently tapped to play Dick Hallorann with Alex Essoe playing Wendy Torrance in the continuation of the storyline from The Shining. Kyliegh Curran has been cast in the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’. Bruce Greenwood plays the role of Dr. John. Alyn Lind is Snakebite Andi, with Jocelin Donahue also starring.
Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson also star. McGregor stars as the adult version of Danny Torrance, while Ferguson plays Rose the Hat.
Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the life of the Redrum kid when he is in his 40s and struggling with the same demons of anger and alcoholism that plagued his father.
Doctor Sleep hits theaters on Jan. 24, 2020.