Warner Bros. Exploring the Possibility of a Prequel to 'The Shining'
One might think that with Stephen King's novel sequel to The Shining, titled Doctor Sleep, scheduled to hit shelves in January of 2013, that a film sequel would be in consideration. That may still be the cast, but in the meantime, Warner Bros. is also looking into the possibility of a prequel to the classic horror film from Stanley Kubrick. The LA Times has learned that writer and producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) has been tapped, along with her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt, to produce a film that would focus on the events that happen before Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) arrive at the Overlook Hotel.
Of course, a Warner Bros. representative warns that this project is in the very nascent stages of development, to the point that the status of the project really could formally be announced. It's likely only an idea getting tossed around, so there's no need to get up in arms just yet. Though I'd be interested in seeing what takes place at the Overlook Hotel, I'm a little skeptical without any source material from Stephen King. However, if Rise of the Planet of the Apes can craft a solid prequel to a classic film, then I suppose anything is possible. But Kubrick's shoes aren't going to be easy to fill. What do you think?