The Haunting of Hill House director Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep was a worthy sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining. And today we have word that Flanagan hasn’t given up hope for his Dick Hallorann prequel spinoff.
Flanagan tells ReelBlend: “A lot of the plans and the enthusiasm that we had for Hallorann, and for other things as well kind of coming off of this, cooled off very understandably with the studio after [Doctor Sleep] was released. But I think we’re learning [about] that paradigm shift between theatrical and streaming that everyone has seen coming in the industry.“
He adds: “I think people thought they had another five years to really adjust the studio model to change with those times. I think it’s already happened. And I would expect, you’ll hear a lot of people at [Warner Bros.] say the same. A movie that would potentially have performed theatrically even five years ago, it won’t anymore. Streaming changed everything.”
He added: “As more people find this film and as it hopefully continues to perform well on HBO Max, where it’s really kind of popping, I think, opens up a number of avenues for other stories we could tell. And Hallorann is absolutely something that I would love to put energy back into.”
He says: “The idea was to open with him as [Doctor Sleep actor] Carl Lumbly, and then to find a way to go back into the past and kind of tell this other story that inevitably would, very much in the way Doctor Sleep did, inevitably bring us back to a familiar hotel. But I don’t know. I don’t know what we’d do with it. I love it, though, and it was something we were real excited about. So I hope there’s a new life for it out there.”