Hey, did you know Doctor Sleep is a sequel to The Shining? If not, don’t worry, two new posters for the Stephen King adaptation are here to make damn sure you don’t forget. These two posters lean heavily into imagery from Stanely Kubrick’s Shining adaptation, and also plaster Stephen King’s name above the title, something that hasn’t been done for a while. But King movies are hot, hot, hot right now, so this makes sense. Check out the Doctor Sleep posters below.
There was a time, back in olden times AKA 15 years ago when almost every Stephen King movie adaptation would have his name hovering above the title. It was considered a selling point: Stephen King is involved in this, therefore people will see it! There were even occasions where adaptations were so loose – see: The Lawnmower Man – that King sued producers to take his name out of the promotional material.
We hit a lull in King adaptation popularity for a few years, but things came roaring back with the box office success of It in 2017. Since then, producers have been rushing to adapt, or remake, King works. And it looks like Doctor Sleep is the first film in this new King adaptation craze wave to finally bring the Master of Horror’s name back above the title. Because now, according to these posters at least, the film is no longer Doctor Sleep – it’s Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. The poster above plays up King’s name and the connection to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, showing Ewan McGregor strolling down the hallways of the Overlook Hotel. McGregor plays the adult Danny Torrance, aka the kid from The Shining. And in this poster he’s encountering his younger self, riding the same sort of Big Wheel that young actor Danny Lloyd used in Kubrick’s film. And last but not least we have the sub-heading: “THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE SHINING STORY.”
And here’s poster number two. Once again we have King’s name, and this poster takes the Kubrick film connection even further. It has McGregor peering through a hole just like Jack Nicholson did in The Shining. It also uses a yellow color that’s similar, but not quite the same as, the original Shining theatrical poster designed by the legendary Saul Bass:
I have to say, while I appreciate the connection, it’s odd that the designers didn’t replicate the exact same shade of yellow. And when you compare the Doctor Sleep poster to The Shining poster, it’s a stark reminder of how cheap-looking modern-day movie posters have become. The Saul Bass poster has class. The Doctor Sleep poster looks like something whipped-up in Photoshop in less than an hour.
A new poster for The Grudge remake has been revealed. The one-sheet dropped over the weekend during Sony's panel for the movie at New York Comic Con. The cast and filmmakers were on hand to pull the curtain back on the project which, up to this point, had been pretty mysterious. While none of the footage that was shown during the panel has made its way online, we've got the poster, as well as some new details, to tide us over.
The poster features some familiar imagery, in the form of long, black hair draped out over a bathtub. This is something that should ring a bell to those who have seen the original Japanese version, Ju-On, or 2004's American version, The Grudge. During the panel, producer Sam Raimi resisted the idea that this is a remake. Instead, The Evil Dead director leaned on the idea that this is a continuation of the lore. Here's what Raimi had to say.
"It's kind of a lore that keeps going. Both the lore and the curse. When someone dies in a terrible rage, something dark is there and it won't let go. That's a story that's as relevant today as always."
The cast includes Lin Shaye Insidious with Demian Bichir Alien: Covenant, Andrea Riseborough Mandy, John Cho Searching, Betty Gilpin Glow, Jacki Weaver Silver Linings Playbook and Frankie Faison The Silence of the Lambs. Shaye, Gilpin and Riseborough were in attendance at the panel, alongside director Nicholas Pesce. For his part, Pesce talked about finding a balance between what's come before, while also trying to put forth something new.
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"It was about finding that balance, we're not rehashing the same stories you've seen before, but finding those key elements. The Grudge can happen anywhere. Obviously we don't want to throw everything out. There's odes to the old films, both visually and stylistically, but it is a whole new story."
One major element at play here that wasn't afforded to previous entries in the franchise is an R-rating. The 2004 remake, and its sequels, were firmly in PG-13 territory. That led to huge success at the box office, as The Grudge grossed $187 million, working from a tiny $10 million budget. But times have changed. This time around, the studio decided to let the filmmaking team cut loose, which could provide ample opportunity for new brutal scares in this universe.
Nicholas Pesce penned the screenplay, working from a story by Jeff Buhler. With any luck, we should be getting a teaser trailer online soon, since the release date is creeping up rather quickly. In the meantime, we've got the poster, as well as a new still image and photos of the cast from the NYCC panel, for you to check out below. The Grudge is set to hit theaters on January 3, 2020, from Sony Pictures.
We've got our first poster for No Time to Die. This is the 25th official entry in the James Bond franchise overall and the fifth and final in Daniel Craig's run. While we're still waiting on some footage, MGM and Eon Productions did reveal this one-sheet over the weekend, which brings back Craig's 007 in fashion. Though, tragically, it doesn't offer too many clues regarding what's to come in this latest adventure.
The poster was revealed over the weekend as part of James Bond Day. It features the famed MI6 spy dressed to the nines in a dapper tuxedo. Daniel Craig is standing next to a blue wall, with a gate or fence in the background, with the No Time to Die title, in throwback lettering, on the center of the poster. It's also worth pointing out that the 007 logo on the poster is in gold, which could be viewed as a nod to 1974's The Man With the Golden Gun. The poster was shared via the James Bond Twitter account with the following caption.
"Celebrate #JamesBondDay with the first poster for #NoTimeToDie #Bond25"
What we know for sure is that No Time to Die will kick off with Bond being semi-retired having left active service, enjoying a peaceful, quiet existence in Jamaica. Though, this proves to be short-lived as his old pal Felix from the CIA shows up needing his help and pulls him back into the fold. Their mission? Rescue a kidnapped scientist. This winds up being a whole lot more difficult than expected, leading Bond onto the path of a mysterious villain who has their hands on dangerous new technology.
Beyond that, we're mostly left to speculate. We know Rami Malek is set to play the main villain. The rumor mill has been particularly unhelpful for Bond 25 because the script has gone through quite a few rewrites and it's changed hands with filmmakers several times during the long development process. As such, many rumors we've heard, such as the villain possibly being blind, pretty much have to be disregarded. At least until we get a teaser trailer that can maybe clue is in on some things. The other interesting tidbit is that Lashana Lynch, of Captain Marvel fame, is said to be taking up the mantle of 007 at MI6 in Bond's absence. So it's not quite a female Bond, should this prove to be true, but it's one step closer, and certainly something new for the franchise.
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Cary Fukunaga True Detective, Beasts of No Nation is in the director's chair. Other returning cast members include Ralph Fiennes M, Naomie Harris Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw Q and Jeffrey Wright Felix. Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah and David Dencik also star. Filming recently wrapped, which means we should be getting a teaser sooner rather than later. No Time to Die is set to hit theaters on April 8, 2020. Be sure to check out the poster from the official James Bond Twitter account below.
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A first poster for “No Time to Die” was released over the weekend via the 007 Instagram account. Featuring star Daniel Craig in his fifth performance as MI6 agent James Bond, the relatively simple poster represents the 25th installment in the Bond franchise of movies, to be produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Universal Pictures.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on an early draft by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, “No Time to Die” follows an inactive Bond who is enlisted by friend and CIA field officer Felix Leiter Jeffrey Wright to help in the search for a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that the scientist was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, and Léa Seydoux reprise their respective roles from previous films, while actors Rami Malek as the film's primary antagonist, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, and Billy Magnussen round out the main cast.
Oscar-winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren “La La Land” is shooting large-format with 65mm Panavision and IMAX 65mm for the action sequences for the first time in franchise history, and frequent Fukunaga collaborator Dan Romer will craft the score.
Daniel Craig appears to have the weight of the world on his shoulders in the first poster for the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die.
The pic for the 25th installment of the franchise dropped early Saturday morning on Instagram in celebration of Global James Bond Day and the legacy of the iconic franchise.
The poster shows the secret agent wearing one of his signature tuxedos as he stares off to the side at something apparently very serious commanding his full attention.
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This latest entry in the popular spy series finds a retired Bond relaxing in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter Jeffrey Wright from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Joining Craig and Wright are Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes. New cast members includes Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producers. Cary Joji Fukunaga is writing and directing. Additional writers include Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
No Time To Die arrives in theaters on April 8, 2020.
A new Doctor Sleep featurette gives us our best look yet at Mike Flanagan‘s sequel to The Shining. In the video below, go behind-the-scenes of the upcoming film with Flanagan, author Stephen King, and star Ewan McGregor, while also getting new looks at the recreation of the Overlook Hotel, the younger Danny Torrence, Dick Hallorann, and more.
Doctor Sleep Featurette
Stephen King is notorious for loathing Stanely Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, but when it came time to adapt King’s sequel novel Doctor Sleep, director Mike Flanagan knew there was no way he could ignore what Kubrick did. The end result appears to be a film that remains faithful to King’s novel while also recreating several key elements from Kubrick’s horror classic.
The above featurette shows us how hard Flanagan and company have worked to recreate the look of Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel. We also get to see Roger Dale Floyd as the young Danny Torrence, looking a heck of a lot like young actor Danny Lloyd, who played the character in Kubrick’s Shining. There’s also footage here of Carl Lumbly as Dick Hallorann, and Lumbly bears a striking resemblance to Scatman Crothers, who played Dick in The Shining. It’s actually a bit eerie how much the actors and sets here resemble things plucked right out of Kubrick’s film – so much so that I’m starting to wonder if it’s going to be distracting.
Nonetheless, I can’t hide my excitement for this film. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, I love The Shining, and I think Mike Flanagan is a fantastic horror filmmaker. I wasn’t a fan of Doctor Sleep when it was first published, but I re-read it over the summer and found myself enjoying it much more this time around. In Doctor Sleep, Dan Torrence McGregor is all-grown-up, and like his father before him, he’s become an alcoholic. He uses his alcoholism as a way to tamp down his psychic abilities, aka the shining.
But Dan is forced to face his demons, and the ghosts of his past – both literal and figurative – when he meets Abra Stone Kyliegh Curran, a young girl who also has the shining. Abra is being targeted by the True Knot, a nomadic band of “psychic vampires” who feed on children with psychic abilities. The True Knot is lead by Rose the Hat, played in the film by Rebecca Ferguson. As you can tell from that description, Doctor Sleep is nothing like The Shining. In King’s novels, the Overlook Hotel was destroyed, and no longer stands. But Kubrick left the building intact at the end of his film, which has enabled Flanagan to go back there for his film adaptation.