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Stephen King Plays Nice Guy In Regards To ‘The Shining’ Prequel, ‘The Overlook Hotel’

It was reported yesterday that former “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara is the likely candidate to write The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick-directed The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel. But what does King think of this Warner Bros. project happening without his blessing?

I’m not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I’m sort of a nice guy,” King tells EW with an obvious half-smirk. “When I was a kid, my mother said, ‘Stephen if you were a girl, you’d always be pregnant.’ I have a tendency to let people develop things. I’m always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn’t happen.

A few months ago I may have scoffed along with him, but A&E’s “Bates Motel” and NBC’s “Hannibal” have proven there is new ground to break, and I’ll break bread with anyone willing to deliver something unique. Still, it would be great if King were on board, too. Thoughts?



  • dr.lamb

    I never understood why he dismissed the Kubrick version. I can see you don’t want people to mess with your creation. But the fact he prefers the TV- remake makes me doubt his assessment.

    • VampireJack

      I think it’s probably because most of the films iconic moments weren’t in his book.

    • Mr.Mirage

      Because it was a Kubrick film, and loosely based on a King novel. I think he was thrilled at first, but like most of the film-going public (myself once upon a time included), didn’t see it for the genius it was and remains.

      The TV-remake was done by him, more hands on.

      Still missing the face bashing scene from the novel, though.

    • rg_lovecraft

      The Shining was a deeply personal book for Stephen King. The Kubrick vision didn’t include anything from the book that meant so much to Stephen King, Kubrick essentially stripped so much from the book to create the film that King felt that it lost everything that he loved about it. He didn’t even pay any heed to the suggestions that King had for actors to play Jack. The Shining my all time favorite horror film, but I love the book more, and I can definitely understand why King was never a fan.

  • Splatterhound

    Don’t care.

    Stephen King blows as a director and doesn’t appear to have the greatest sense of what “works” when it comes to visual mediums like TV or movies.

    I loved the book, but I couldn’t stand King’s mini-series. I’ll take Kubrick’s version any day.

    Anyway, I’m taking a wait-and-see approach towards “The Overlook Hotel.”

  • ttop33

    This is an old quote from King, I remember reading it a few months ago. But if he has the rights why bother doing a prequel? The studio’s prequel will just be a remake anyway, so why not just remake The Shining instead of changing Torrance to Grady for a prequel.

  • evilfairydust

    I have to say that I enjoy the Kubrick version AND the miniseries. Of course, the Kubrick version is so creepy and BEAUTIFUL. If I had to pick one, it would be my favorite. BUT, I feel that the story and characters are actually much stronger in the miniseries. (Steven Weber as Jack Torrence is wonderful) And I’m sure that’s why King prefers it.

  • crimghost

    Why is the Kubrick version held in such high regard? It was an okay ghost movie from the early eighties that was a little bit trippy and quite a bit pretentious. Nicholson and Kubrick both could not have possibly had more inflated egos and it showed on-screen.
    That said, there’s never been a truly proper medium for Stephen King stories set to screen. The limits of a TV network primetime miniseries offers a sufficient timeframe to tell his stories but the more graphic aspects of it get scrapped in the name of censorship. Adaptations to the big screen tend to be watered down, condensed and rushed compared to the novels. I think King allows so many projects and experimentation because he simply wants to see if someone can actually do it right when judged against all other adaptations of his work done in the past, including projects he himself has been involved in.
    In short, we’ll see if this is cool or not once it comes out.

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