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Alfonso Cuarón Rumored To Direct ‘The Shining’ Prequel

It’s been over a year since I’ve written anything about Warner Bros. prequel to The Shining, The Overlook Hotel.

Back in July of 2013 the studio brought Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt (the writer of Zodiac) onboard as producers. It was rumored that the film would “focus on what happened before Jack Torrance, his wife and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness.

Then “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara was hired to write the film and that’s the last we’ve heard of it. Until today. Now there are rumors circling that Warner Bros. has offered Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children Of Men) the directing reigns. This would, of course, be f*cking awesome.

I’ve gone on record saying that this is the kind of prequel I’d really be interested in. A history of the hotel. A history of Stanley Kubrick’s version of the hotel. If it’s true, wow. I’m in.

A grain of salt though. Cuarón already had a good relationship with WB before he won an Oscar and made them almost a billion dollars with Gravity. He’s also rumored to be in talks to direct the new Harry Potter (ish) movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. I’m sure he has his pick of projects over there.

Right now I’d say this is in the realm of possibility, but I wouldn’t break out the champers until an official announcement.



  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    A REAL director tackling a horror project? This is the caliber of director that this project deserves.

    Should it come to fruition, it’ll be just like when Kubrick tackled The Shining. Imagine if they hired James Wan or Ti West? Good fuck.

    • a very British hamster

      Ti West already did a haunted hotel flick and it was awesome!

      • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

        He’s not of the caliber of Cuaron. He’s not a real filmmaker. He just plays in his simple sandbox. I love slow burn films soaked in atmosphere, but his pictures are boring as shit.

        • a very British hamster

          He’s not a real filmmaker?
          Do you have any idea how freaking pretentious you sound?
          Ti West is just as much a filmmaker as Cuaron or Ridley Scott for that matter.

          Yes he works on a much different scale than the latter but Peter Jackson started out similarly, and look at the scale he works with now.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            Anybody who uses the word “freaking’ is someone hardly worth engagement in dialogue, but who doesn’t love shooting fish in a barrel every now and then?

            Anyway, I know I am pretentious. It sucks for people who aren’t into that kind of thing.

            I hope Cuaron directs The Overlook Hotel.

          • a very British hamster

            As he fails to add anything intelligent to the conversation whatsoever.*

          • J Jett

            a very British hamster, yeah this “RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c” is quite pathetic.

        • Dr. Storm Crow

          Gravity wasn’t all that great. At least House of the Devil made me feel something other than nausea and a headache at Sandra Bullock’s awful crying.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            Okay Oscar nominations. Okay $716 million worldwide. Okay critical and commercial success. Okay ambitious, innovative filmmaking.

            Gravity and that other thing are in no way comparable. Don’t even entertain yourself with the notion that they operate on the same plateau.

          • Dr. Storm Crow

            GRAVITY WAS BORING AS CRAP. NOTHING HAPPENED. Plenty of films get Oscar nominations and you know what? No one tells other people years later how good crap like The King’s Speech was. No one gets inspired to make movies based on Hotel Rwanda. It’s House of the Devil, Hobo with a Shotgun, cult classics, which will keep movies what they should be, entertaining.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            Could you not yell? It hurts my sensitive ears.

            And what are your thoughts on the fact that I think The King’s Speech is more entertaining than Hobo With a Shotgun?

          • Dr. Storm Crow

            That you and I would probably not have a very good movie night together.

          • PEDRO PACA$

            Guess you didnt see gravity on imax

          • Dr. Storm Crow

            If you put anything in Imax, it looks great. We call that “cheating.”

    • Dr. Storm Crow

      Oh, what was the last quality film Ridley Scott did? Prometheus? The highest budgeted b-grade sci-fi film ever made?

      • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

        Why are you bringing Ridley Scott into this? Oh, that’s right, because that’s your idea of getting personal, because apparently I offended you with my post.

        And I still don’t know what your point is. Most of those guys are great. Friedkin, DePalma, Argento, and Carpenter are all burnt out, but at one point were great filmmakers.

        • Dr. Storm Crow

          Just saying your opinion is not the end-all be-all of film criticism. Neither is mine, but I at least have the courage to acknowledge many of my favorite films are total garbage.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            My opinions are always the best. Deal with it. And yes, many of your favorite films are probably garbage.

          • Dr. Storm Crow

            Troll. Found a troll. Flag the troll. Destroy the troll. Use only fire or acid, or the troll will grow back.

  • Andy Jones

    I really don’t get the point in this project, just read the book if you want to find out what happened before The Shining, was hoping they would instead make a movie of Doctor Sleep

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      If you wanted to find out what happened in that The Shining story by Stephen King, read the book. Why watch the film adaptation(s)? Are you not a movie fan? Why are you even on this website?

      You have cum dumpster logic. So zip it and be grateful we might get an Alfonso Cuaron horror film.

      • a very British hamster

        While the idea of Alfonso, doing a horror movie is a heavenly thought, I would rather see him do Dr. Sleep.
        I am kind of skeptical of this idea too though, because it may ruin the sense of mystery that The Shinning has about it. I understand it’s supposed to be a prequel to Kubrick’s Shinning and not Stephen king’s so I guess that is your point? Because of their vast differences?
        (I mean face it, Kubrick’s film basically isn’t even an adaption of the book as much as it is a story that lifts heavy elements from it and uses the same names.) And I don’t mean that as a bad thing.
        But if this does get made, I would hope to see Alfonso do the follow up Dr. Sleep as well!
        I do consider Alfonso to be the Kubrick of our time so he’s a perfect fit!
        Him doing the Potter spin offs tickles my fancy too, as Prisoner of Azkaban is easily my favourite of the potter films.

        • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

          It doesn’t matter what you’d prefer him to do. The prospect of this marriage of material and director is bigger than your life.

          • a very British hamster

            lol what the fuck…

        • Jon Lachonis

          I agree with you completely however a big screen re-adaptation of the first Shining would be needed for it to work. They should have billed it as a prequel to King’s book, then if it flies do The Shining and Dr. Sleep both with the same caliber, or even THE same, director. If he did Dr. Sleep it would be impossible not to consider it a sequel to that god awful mini-series.

      • Rake

        The film and the books plots are very similar. Kubrick simply left out details, or lightly implied them instead of focusing on them. The scrap book is still seen in the film so we can assume the Overlook’s past is the same as in King’s novel. So the plot could be from King’s novel.

        • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

          You are missing the point (I think; what the fuck are you talking about?) and this isn’t even your conversation and again, what the fuck are you even talking about?

          • Rake

            I get the point. And you’re the one who pm’d me to join in on the conversation.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            I did not PM you. I don’t think you can even PM on Disqus.

            In any event, do not flatter yourself, I want nothing to do with you or your opinions.

          • Rake

            Yes you can, I know this because you did it… Twice. I’m sorry my opinion wasn’t what you thought it would be. But lets quit bickering and get back on topic. There really is no way to make a prequel to the Kubrick film, it will never match up. I doubt they even have the rights to the film, so I’ll be surprised if anything comes of this.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            Fingers crossed.

        • Jesse Sikora

          And many people consider the movie to be one of the greatest and scariest movies of all time.

    • Garbageface

      I guess maybe someone could make that piece of shit book into a decent movie. I’d just as fast prefer to forget Dr. Sleep ever happened.

    • Jesse Sikora

      I would rather see this than Dr. Sleep. And who say’s it’s gonna follow the book 100% ?

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  • Dr. Storm Crow

    Yep, let’s dissect our favorite films until any sense of joy is wrung from them. This is how the world burns.

  • ohitsmerenz

    Made my day! and it’s only 9am.

  • James Daniel Massey

    I still think they should do this as a series and base it on the time during Horace Derwent’s managing in the late 30s /early 40s. Regardless of what they do, they have to make sure they don’t screw up the set design so it will match Kubrick’s look. Otherwise it won’t work for me.

  • DANTEarg

    so, this is gonna be like this: “The Overlook Hotel”, “The Shinning”(remake of course), and “Doctor Sleep part 1 and part 2”, Starring Christian Bale as Jack Torrance and Amy Adams as Wendy.

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