The official score to accompany Mike Flanagan’s eagerly anticipated new film Doctor Sleep has been previewed with the release of two new songs.
The film, which is set years after the events of The Shining, sees Ewan McGregor stars as an adult Danny Torrance, a man with psychic powers known as “the shining”.
Doctor Sleep, an adaptation of the King novel by the same name, will see McGregor play alongside Jacob Tremblay, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue and more.
Flanagan directs the film alongside producing partner, Trevor Macy who will introduce Vertigo Entertainment’s Jon Berg into the mix. Director Flanagan has plenty of experience in the role having already been the brains behind Netflix’s adaptation of the King suspense novel Gerald’s Game and, of course, the hit show The Haunting of Hill House.
“It was important for Doctor Sleep to have its own identity,” Flanagan said in a press release, “but we also wanted to call back to some of the feelings Kubrick created in The Shining. He utilised score and sound design in a way that created an impenetrable sense of dread.”
“Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, a middle-aged man drifting through America in order to shed his father’s alcoholism which passed down to him in order to forget the events of The Shining,” according to the film’s synopsis. “After landing into a small Massachusetts town and with the aid of a cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep”‘ After meeting a young girl with the most powerful shining Danny’s ever seen, he must now face the demons of his past and the demons of the present in order to save her from a horrifying evil known as ‘The True Knot’.”
The Newton Brothers, Andy Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart, have been chosen to create the film’s score having built up a strong working relationship with Flanagan in recent years. “The Shining is a film that haunted us both as kids and as adults,” the musicians said. “Both the film and the novel tell such a deep story at the core. Being able to support that story through score has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our careers.
The film is being readied for a cinema release in January 2020 and, as the excitement builds, here are some sounds from the score: