News: A Prequel to "The Shining" Centered on the Overlook Hotel?

by Ken Miyamoto on October 6, 2015

A prequel to The Shining is on its way, but it apparently isn't as bad of a concept as one would think. 

Director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) is set to helm, Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, Damien) will write the script, and James Vanderbilt (writer and direct of Truth) will produce. Dubbed Overlook Hotel, Vanderbilt says it isn't quite the film that people are going to expect:

"You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it's not like '20 Years Before The Shining!'. I don't want to give too much away about the story but the way [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it's completely it's own film, which I think is super smart. It's not like, 'When Scatman Crothers was young, he…' it's not that.

One of the things that's amazing about [Mark] is that he's a strong filmmaker with his own convictions, and Mark is gonna make the movie Mark is gonna make… I think there's something wonderful about a director who says, 'No, this is the film.'

Fincher was the same way. It's like, 'This is the movie I wanna make. If you don't wanna make that movie, that's totally cool, then we won't make the movie.' And now as someone who's directed a film, that's kinda what you want. You want the captain of the ship to be like, 'I know what the film is, I know how to make it, let's go do it.'"

The original was of course directed by the late, great Stanley Kubrick and is known as one of the defining horror movies in cinematic history. It was based on the Stephen King best-seller, which was also adapted into a lackluster 1997 miniseries. 

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Source: Collider

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