Recently, BuzzFeed got a chance to sit down with Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan, producer Trevor Macy, and star Kyleigh Curran to find out some behind-the-scenes facts about making the movie. Here's what they shared...
1.There are three shots that were reused in Doctor Sleep from Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic The Shining.
2.The crew actually built an adult-sized Big Wheel that the cast and filmmakers got to ride around on set.
3.The Overlook Hotel sets in Doctor Sleep are almost entirely practical.
4.The famous hexagon carpet was painstakingly recreated, but still needed a little color tweaking in post-production to get it just right.
5.And, after filming Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros. had the hexagon carpet installed in one of their conference rooms.
6.Flanagan got to keep the ax Dan uses for his fight with Rose the Hat.
7.Kubrick's estate actually gave blueprints to the filmmakers in order for them to recreate the sets accurately.
8.The filmmakers would literally walk around on set with an iPad to compare their set with what it looked like in The Shining.
9.They also compared notes with Steven Spielberg, who had also recreated The Overlook for his film Ready Player One not long before them.
10.Dr. John Dalton's office was created to look like Ullman's office in The Shining kind of just for fun.
11.The angle of the famous elevator shot is different from The Shining because in Doctor Sleep it's meant to be from Rose's point of view.
12.And they recreated the blood digitally because it would've been nearly impossible to get it the same practically.
13.There are a ton of The Dark Tower Easter eggs in the movie and the filmmakers actually had to ask Sony for permission on some of them — in particular, some dialogue.
14.There were actually different colored typewriters used in The Shining — for Doctor Sleep they picked the tan one.
15.As a Stephen King superfan, Flanagan had visited the Timberline Lodge (that served as the exterior in The Shining) and the Stanley Hotel (that inspired King's book) many times before even making Doctor Sleep.
16.According to Flanagan, Stephen King really liked the idea of giving Doctor Sleep the ending that Kubrick's The Shining was supposed to have (the one from the book).
17.Stephen King did not make a cameo in Doctor Sleep because he was "pretty wiped out" from his full scene cameo in It Chapter Two.
18.However, Danny Lloyd — who originally played Danny in The Shining when he was just 6 years old — does make a cameo.
19.Kyleigh Curran was among 900 other girls who auditioned for the role of Abra.
20.Ewan McGregor was not who they always had in mind for the role.
21.And he read the script for Doctor Sleep before he even read the book.
22.Carl Lumbly, who plays Dick Hallorann, shaved his head for the part.
23.Alex Essoe, who plays Wendy Torrance, did a ton of research into Shelly Duvall's movements from The Shining.
24.To get Ewan's "acting" style down right, Curran observed him a lot.
25.Although they didn't physically have a scene together, Curran and Jacob Tremblay played a lot of puzzles on set.
26.Before filming Doctor Sleep, Curran watched The Shining four times.
27.And finally, the filmmakers debated a lot on whether they should use real actors or CGI de-aging for the characters from The Shining.
Doctor Sleep is having a limited early access release today, Oct. 30 (tickets available on Fandango) and will have its wider release on Nov. 8!