Director Mike Flanagan has revealed that he almost made another sequel to The Shining, but Warner Bros

Another Shining Sequel Was 'So Close', But Warner Bros. Declined It turned it down because of Doctor Sleep's box office performance


Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan has revealed there was almost another Shining sequel after Doctor Sleep.
Appearing on Twitter, the 44-year-old filmmaker revealed that The Shining almost got another sequel, but Warner Bros. turned it down because Doctor Sleep didn't meet box office expectations.
“We were SO CLOSE,” he said. “I’ll always regret this didn’t happen." Asked by a fan why it didn't happen, Flanagan added, "Because of Doctor Sleep’s box office performance, Warner Bros opted not to proceed with it. They control the rights, so that was that.”

Doctor Sleep debuted in 2019 – a direct sequel to the classic 1980 Stanley Kubrick film, The Shining. It tells the story of Danny Torrance – Jack’s son from the first movie. Now grown up (and played by Ewan McGregor) he struggles with his supernatural gift and the trauma of his past until becoming a popular orderly at a local hospice, using his powers to comfort dying patients and earning him the titular nickname, Doctor Sleep.
Unfortunately, the film was something of a disappointment at the box office, earning $72 million worldwide, after being made on a $45 million budget. Now, it looks as though Warner Bros. chosen not to take another roll of the dice when it came to a potential sequel.
Flanagan, who also wrote the Doctor Sleep script, is also known for another Stephen King adaptation after bringing Gerald’s Game to Netflix. His adaptation was met with critical success, with King himself calling the film “hypnotic, horrifying and terrific”.
The 12 Best Stephen King MoviesWith so many films to choose from, what are the best Stephen King adaptations? We've whittled this massive catalogue down to 12 films. From ghosts to psychics to...ghosts wanting to feed on psychics, these are truly the movies that not only captured King the best, but also became cinema classics in their own right.12. The Dead Zone<br/>Where to Watch: HBO, HBO Max, Cinemax Go, or rentable on most platforms.<br>
Long before Stephen King's The Dead Zone, from 1979, served as fodder for the TV series 20 years ago, it inspired a 1983 film from director David Cronenberg. Cronenberg, who'd already made a name for himself with surreal horror films like Videodrome and Shivers, brought that signature touch to this gripping psychological drama.<br>
The Dead Zone starred Christopher Walken as Johnny Smith, a humble school teacher who is injured in a car accident, trapped in a coma for five years, and awakens to discover he can psychically glimpse into a person's past, present, and future with a mere touch. Less grotesque and violent than many of Cronenberg's horror efforts of the day, Dead Zone was a bleak and unsettling film that made full use of Walken's peculiar presence and gravity as an actor
11. Gerald's Game<br/>Where to Watch: Netflix<br>
For years it was thought King's Gerald's Game, from 1992, which involves a woman handcuffed to a bed fighting to free herself after her husband has a heart attack, was un-adaptable. But then writer/director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass) came along and knocked it out of the park. Starring Carla Gugino as the trapped, desperate Jessie, Flanagan's Netflix film is superb small-scale suspense and features an immensely captivating performance by Gugino. Set mostly in one room, Gerald's Game is set of tightly wound gears that cranks out dread.
Read IGN's review of Gerald's Game here.
10. The Mist<br/>Where to Watch: Rentable on most platforms.<br>
The Mist is based on a King short story, in this case one from the collection Skeleton Crew. Ostensibly a monster movie, The Mist finds a group of people trapped in a remote grocery store after a strange fog envelops the region and terrifying, dinosaur-like creatures begin appearing. But the core of this horror/sci-fi fusion is survival, and the lengths some will go to ensure theirs.<br>
The movie benefited from a solid cast (including stars Tom Jane and Marcia Gay Harden) and director Frank Darabont -- who's one of three directors on this list who've had the most success with King's work -- actually garnered praise with a revised ending that deepened the dark tone of the story.
9. Creepshow<br/>Where to Watch: Rentable on most platforms.<br>
Horror legends Stephen King and George Romero teamed up for 1982's Creepshow, which was conceived as an homage to the Golden Age of horror comics in the 1950's, including E.C. Comics' infamous releases and DC books like House of Secrets and House of Mystery. <br> 
That anthology legacy is reflected in the execution of Creepshow, which revels in its juvenile, B-movie status. The film also has the distinction of featuring original material written by King, rather than a script wholly adapted from his prose work. Two of the five vignettes are based on his short stories, while the remaining three are unique to Creepshow. These vignettes are cleverly glued together with animated sequences and a framing sequence starring King's son, Joe (now an accomplished horror writer in his own right).
8. The Green Mile<br/>Where to Watch: HBO Max, or rentable on most platforms.
Because director Frank Darabont had crafted what many consider to be the definitive Stephen King movie with The Shawshank Redemption (more on that film later) some feared he was revisiting overly familiar territory when he returned to adapt another of King's prison dramas, The Green Mile. <br>
Like Shawshank, The Green Mile is a period piece set largely within a prison and centered on a wrongly convicted felon. In this case, the prison is the Depression-era Cold Mountain Penitentiary, and the felon is John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan). The corrections officer in charge of the death row inmates (Tom Hanks) is enthralled by Coffey's gentle nature and apparently supernatural healing powers, causing great emotional turmoil as he debates whether he can allow such a marvelous and obviously innocent man to be executed. The Green Mile is easily one of the most emotionally gripping King films (or books, for that matter) and further proof that his non-horror tales are often the ones most ideally suited for film.
IGN’s Doctor Sleep review gave it 8.5/10 and said: “When it’s focusing on the new things it brings to the table, Doctor Sleep is consistently terrifying, visually impressive, and soulful in equal measure. Though it may get a little heavy-handed and tonally confused in its reverence for Stanley Kubrick’s Shining in the homestretch, the vast majority of the film succeeds in using the Torrance family’s pain to tell a story of coming to terms with the past."
Want to read more about Doctor Sleep and The Shining? Check out where it sits in our rankings of the best Stephen King films, and find out how the sequel addresses Jack Torrance.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
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