‘The Shining’ Prequel ‘The Overlook Hotel’ Moves Forward!!!

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Get ready for The Overlook Hotel.

Back in July, we featured this blurb from The LA Times, “ “Warner Bros.is quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel to “The Shining,” The studio has solicited the involvement of Hollywood writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to craft a new take as producers, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly… The film would focus on what happened before Jack Torrance (of course played memorably onscreen by Jack Nicholson), his wife and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness.

Turns out they were dead-on. It’s been announced today that former “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara is the likely candidate to write Overlook Hotel for the studio. Per Deadline, “Glen Mazzara, who ran AMC’s smash hit series The Walking Dead for the past several seasons, will now focus on ghosts. He’s in talks to write The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick-directed The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel.

Personally, if this has to happen, I dig the idea of them doing a story about the hotel rather than a Torrance family origin story. What about you?

Source: Deadline
  • QueenofScream666

    I am so tired of remakes, sequels, and prequels included. There needs to be more originality in the horror world. PLEASE.

    • Corvix

      That was my first thought when reading this as well. The industry needs fresh inputs. They need to stop putting out shit that stains classic movies.

    • Taboo

      Same thing I was thinking! I’m no fan of the original so meh.

  • rg_lovecraft

    Unless Stephen King is involved, I’m very leery of this project. Although, I’m very glad that they’re focusing on the story of the Overlook, as opposed to the Torrance’s. The book was always about the hotel, the Torrance family were simply players in the hotel’s grand scheme.

  • Darkness69

    I must say I’m rather interested in this project. The Overlook Hotel is one of the best “characters” in King’s novels. I don’t see any point whatsoever in exploring the Torrances when Overlook offers such a rich playground, so I’m with you there, Evan!

  • JADAMA

    I say go for it. If they can match the detail, design, and elements to Kubrick’s and add some of King’s backstory that is mentioned in the book then It’ll be interesting!

    • lovezoid

      ‘If they can match the detail, design, and elements to Kubrick’s…’

      See, there’s your problem right there.

      • JADAMA

        I only said that so that this film would flow into the only other feature film of this story… yes? WB has no intention of following the novel’s back story from what I read so I was only implying how great it would be… Regardless, if this doesn’t match the vision Kubrick then it will fail a FILM prequel. :) Is that a problem to you?

        • JADAMA

          I know the film completely inside and out and adore it. I Know the novel inside and out… and adore it. I have no problem

          • lovezoid

            Sorry didn’t mean to sound snide…I read this news not long after seeing ‘Room 237′ so am a bit in awe of Kubrick’s skills at the moment. I’m just not sure anyone can emulate the characteristics that made the original so effective. I’d probably rather see a prequel to the mini-series and explore King’s world a little more, as you say.

  • Zombie-Killa

    I’ll watch it, but I’m not foaming at the mouth to see this. I dunno. The Shining just seems like one of those “one and done” films, and the The Shining has built up this INCREDIBLE legacy over the years, so besides the obvious goal of making more money, why would you take a chance of tarnishing Kubrick’s classic? And if the prequel sucks, EVERY TIME we mention or remember The Shining it’s going to end like this: “Yeah, Kubrick’s film is a classic, but the prequel…..”

    IMO, they should just leave it alone, but yeah, I would at least give it a try first.

  • Canucklehead

    Think I will ask Groundskeeper Willie to his “shin” and stop this.

    • Zombie-Killa

      HAHAHAHA!

      One of the best spoofs in The Simpsons Halloween series ever! Homer playing Jack’s role was just PERFECT. And if I remember correctly, that’s the Halloween episode, where Willie died in every single skit, after he tried to help save someone. lol. BUT I did enjoy the one with Willie as Freddy in the Nightmare On Elm Street spoof.

  • Aaron Emery

    No need for this, no need at all. ‘The Shining’ was total film making genius. It cannot possibly be expanded on without Kubrick. I haven’t read the book but from what I understand it was quite different and King himself still does not approve of it, to me meaning even Kings involvement couldn’t possibly help. The book and the film have become two completely different beasts and have their own completely distant legacies. I have no idea if that makes any sense to anyone except me, feel free to bash me : )
    I’m not usually one to complain about remakes, sequels, prequels and reboots because, well, shit happens. This is one property that can in no way be added to.
    *’The Shining’ was the best part of the movie ‘Twister’*

  • DeadEndMike

    With the Shining you have two very different stories. You have the book and you have the Kubrick film. No one will be able to capture Kubrick’s Overlook. One of the most terrifying things about his film is not knowing all about the hotel. Just giving hints at the true terror of it all. Cracking the door open just enough for a glimpse. I say leave it alone.

  • death_by_kebab

    All this talk of staining The Shining’s legacy is hogswash. That’s your own mind doing that one. The original is still there and as perfect as always – well, depending on who you ask – so nothing will harm it.
    I’m interested that Glen is doing it and being the curious horror geek that I am, I’ll probably check it out with a shrug.
    Then there’s the part of me that just wants to leave the mystery shrouded in fog. We don’t need to see how any of these ghosts came to be a part of the history of the overlook. Such a thing should be left to the imagination and the unknown, which is far more scarier. Also, the studio should put their money and work elsewhere.

  • Mr.Mirage

    … If they want to remake The Shining (prequel? Seriously?), then take it to Focus Films… give it to the people that made 9 or Coraline or ParaNorman… make it a strong R and leave the face bashing scene in for the ending.

    Prequel? Why? WHY?