Stephen King fans have reason to celebrate as a Doctor Sleep director's cut is on the way. The movie was released last month and, unfortunately, didn't perform, on a commercial level, in the way that Warner Bros. had hoped. However, critics and audiences seemed to agree that this ambitious sequel to The Shining from director Mike Flanagan worked out quite well. So it should come as a nice surprise that a much longer three-hour cut will be making its way to Blu-ray and Digital HD next year.
Director Mike Flanagan made the announcement personally. The filmmaker revealed that his extended cut will first be available on January 21, 2020, via Digital HD, before making its way to 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray/DVD on February 4, for those who are hoping to pick up a physical copy. Here's what Flanagan had to say about it.
"The Director's Cut of #DoctorSleep (TRT 180 mins) lands on Digital (4K streaming) 1/21, and on Blu-ray (with 4K UHD Theatrical Cut) on 2/4. Hope you enjoy!"
The Shining remains one of Stephen King's most cherished works and Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptations is one of the most heralded horror movies ever made. King famously isn't a fan of Kubrick's interpretation, which is what made Doctor Sleep such an interesting, if seemingly challenging prospect. Especially since King's 2013 novel of the same name wasn't particularly well regarded. Yet, the consensus is that Flanagan managed to pull it off, with the help of an A-list cast led by Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson. As for what this extended cut will include? That remains a mystery. Perhaps we'll get more at the Overlook Hotel? Maybe more with young Danny? There exists a wealth of possibilities.
Doctor Sleep, centers on an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor}) who has managed to find a semblance of peace if his life following the events at the Overlook Hotel during his childhood. His peace is interrupted when he meets a young girl named Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a teenager who also has the ability to "shine." Abara seeks Danny out after recognizing they have this common bond. Abra is being hunted by the evil Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, known as The True Knot, a group that feeds on the shine of innocents as they seek immortality. This puts the young girl in grave danger, putting Dan and Abra in the middle of a life-or-death battle against Rose and her followers.
To date, Doctor Sleep has grossed just $71 million at the box office, which is well below industry expectations. This, despite the fact that the movie holds a 77 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to go along with a very solid 89 percent audience rating. For whatever reason, this seems to be something of a horror gem that slipped through the cracks. Perhaps it will get the second life it deserves on home video. Be sure to check out the cover art from Mike Flanagan's Twitter account.