The Shining prequel “The Overlook Hotel” moves forward

April 11, 2013

This was featured in The LA Times back in July, “ “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 right back in July. It’s been announced today that former THE 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.

Kubrick’s THE SHINING is one of my favorite films.  I didn’t care too much for the made for TV remake.  If they’re doing this, they need to somehow re-capture the atmosphere from the Kubrick version.

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