Confused About How Doctor Sleep Is Connected to The Shining? This Is For You

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Whether you loved it or hated it, you have to admit that Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film, The Shining, is one of the most iconic screen adaptations of Stephen King's work. Nearly 40 years later, writer-director Mike Flanagan is heading back to the Overlook Hotel with his new movie Doctor Sleep, which hits theaters this week. In the trailer for the movie, you may notice throwbacks to the 1980 Kubrick classic, including a scene in which Ewan McGregor peeks through the same door Jack Nicholson takes an axe to in The Shining, when he graces us with his iconic phrase, "Here's Johnny." But if you aren't super familiar with King's novels, you might be wondering exactly how Doctor Sleep is connected to The Shining.

Doctor Sleep is based on King's 2013 follow-up to the original novel, which he wrote in 1977. The Shining is centered on Jack Torrance, his wife, Wendy, and their young son,
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