Sam Raimi has expressed interest in adapting Stephen King’s The Shining despite Doctor Sleep already existing. Raimi should remake The Shining anyway.
Sam Raimi should ignore Doctor Sleep and follow his desire to reboot The Shining. Veteran director Sam Raimi is no stranger to horror, making his directorial debut in 1981 with the cult classic The Evil Dead. While he did take a break from horror in the 90s to explore various genres, such as the western The Quick and the Dead, Raimi has since returned to the genre with 2009’s Drag Me to Hell and, most recently, the MCU’s first horror film in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Doctor Strange 2 acts as the most recent proof that Raimi can still deliver with a big budget and high expectations – a talent that would lend itself well to any potential The Shining reboot.
Sam Raimi has expressed interest in directing more Stephen King adaptations, but there already exists a film adaptation of one of his favorite King stories. Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep serves as both a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and an adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep novel. And while Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep is primarily a sequel, the movie tackles a wide range of themes that, while sincere, ensure Doctor Sleep loses much of The Shining‘s pure elemental terror.