Hallorann: Mike Flanagan will always regret not making The Shining prequel

Warner Bros. had high expectations for Doctor Sleepdirector Mike Flanagan’s 2019 sequel to the classic Evil hotel. With such high expectations, they even hired Flanagan to write a prequel to the film, which would center on the character Dick Hallorann, played by Scatman Crothers in Evil hotel and Carl Lumbly in Doctor Sleep. But after that Doctor Sleep was released to underwhelming box office and prequel Hallorann was scrapped. Yesterday a fan poster for a Hallorann-centric Lights up the film caught Flanagan’s eye and inspired him to tweetWe were SO CLOSE. I will always regret that this did not happen. Due to DOCTOR SLEEP’s box office performance, Warner Bros chose not to proceed with it. They control the rights, so that was it.

Collider also shared a quote from a 2020 CinemaBlend interview with Flanagan, in which he said: “Hallorann was always more about Dick as a younger man learning about the shiny. And Doctor Sleep novel tees up a prologue to the perfect with the story of his grandmother and his grandfather. Which he tells a little about in this [movie]. But the idea was to open with him as Carl Lumbly and then find a way to go back in time and kind of tell this other story, which inevitably would, very much in the way. Doctor Sleep did, inevitably brought us back to a familiar hotel.

A Hallorann prequel sounds like it could be a lot of fun if it was in the right hands, like Flanagan’s, so it’s unfortunate that the box office failure of Doctor Sleep seems to have ensured that we never get it.

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