“The Shining” Prequel Updates?

Talks of the movie adaptation to the “The Shining” prequel has been in the air for quite some time now. Back in mid 2014 Mark Romanek was in negotiations with Warner Bros. Studios to direct the prequel to “The Shining”. In addition, executive Producer of “The Walking Dead”, Glen Mazzara had submitted a script draft and Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis were slated to produce the “The Shining” prequel.

“The Shining” prequel is titled; “Overlook Hotel” and is based on a deleted prologue written by Stephen King. The plot to “Overlook Hotel” centers on:

“The origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home.”

James Vanderbilt in a recent interview with Collider shared his thoughts on the artistic direction of Mark Romanek and writer Glen Mazzara would be taking the “The Shining” prequel.

“Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’. I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way Glen cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart…”

“One of the things that’s amazing about Mark is that he’s a strong filmmaker with his own convictions, and Mark is gonna make the movie Mark is gonna make…It’s like, ‘This is the movie I wanna make. If you don’t wanna make that movie, that’s totally cool, then we won’t make the movie.’ And now as someone who’s directed a film, that’s kinda what you want.”

As of the time of this writing “The Shining” prequel remains in development limbo over at Warner Bros. Studios. Neither a start date nor cast and additional crew have been announced.



  • Collider
  • Variety




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