It’s well known that Stephen King doesn’t like Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of his novel The Shining. He doesn’t like it for all sorts of reasons, some of them a bit odd, such as claiming at one point that its Wendy was “one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film”. However, speaking with ‘Entertainment Weekly’ about the film of his book sequel Doctor Sleep, King said that the film softened his long-standing stance.
“Everything that I ever disliked about the Kubrick version of The Shining is redeemed for me here. Having watched this film it actually warms my feelings up towards the Kubrick film. I don’t want to get into a big argument about how great the Shining film is that Kubrick did or my feelings about it. All I can say is, Mike took my material, he created a terrific story, people who have seen this movie flip for it, and I flipped for it, too. He managed to take my novel of Doctor Sleep, the sequel, and somehow weld it seamlessly to the Kubrick version of The Shining, the movie. So, yeah, I liked it a lot.”
Flanagan must be pretty happy about all this. As he said:
“The whole goal from the beginning was to inch those two back together in any way, to reconcile that gulf of distance between the Kubrick Shining and the King Shining. If there was ever a way to do that, even a little, that was what I wanted as a fan.”