News: “Shining” prequel in the pipeline

The Shining

The Thing. Prometheus. Prequels just might be the new “remakes” in Hollywood. The LA Times revealed that Warner Bros. is currently exploring the possibility of a prequel to The Shining, one of the most iconic horror films of all time.  Warner has tapped Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to write a screenplay. The new story would shed some light on the events that take place at the Overlook Hotel before Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son Danny (Danny Lloyd), arrive.

It’ll be hard to live up to Stanley Kubrick‘s original film (based on the novel by Stephen King) and fans are likely to be wary.  Stephen King supervised his own adaptation of the novel as a TV miniseries in 1997, and although it more closely matched the book in a lot of ways, it got only mediocre ratings.

It’s not clear what role, if any, King would have in the prequel, but it’s interesting to note that he’s currently writing a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. The new novel is supposed to publish sometime in 2013 and I think it’s a pretty good bet there’ll be movie to follow, particularly if this prequel does well.

So yeah – a Shining trilogy. Who would have seen that coming…

The Shining

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