‘The Shining’ Prequel Has a Director
Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stephen King’s novel The Shining, made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror rendition.
Walking Dead writer Glenn Mazzara has a script ready. The film is based on King’s original prologue for the book, which was cut before publication in 1977. Set in the early 20th century, the film will follow The Overlook’s founder, Bob T. Watson, as he establishes the resort in the Colorado Rockies, bringing his family to live there with him. Similar to the premise in The Shining, there’s sure to be insight into how The Overlook became the haunted hotel that eventually turns Jack Torrance into an axe-weilding maniac out for his family’s blood.
With King releasing a sequel to The Shining this past year, Doctor Sleep, and with 2012’s Room 237, the interest surrounding one of the most terrifying horror stories ever told seems never to wane. Whether or not Romanek can hold a light to Kubrick’s masterpiece isn’t as clear.