Warner Bros. Exploring the Possibility of a Prequel to 'The Shining'

July 30, 2012
Source: LA Times

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?

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  • OfficialJab
    Well if he's writing it, then that's fine. There are a million possibilities.
  • Johnny Neat
    King is writing the sequel, so go there. Leave well enough alone. No need to have another prequel like The Thing's.
  • Abel Villa
    Prequels, Reboots, Remakes when will this trend end?
  • Triangle Dimes
    There's no way this won't suck.
  • moutchy
    Well, the book actually explores more of what happens before than the movie did, so they could take inspiration there. Nevertheless, I think it's very unnecessary to make a prequel movie for The Shinning. Leave it alone. If King writes a sequel, I'm fine with it. A movie based on the official sequel written by King -fine!
  • Carpola
    Apart from the money. Why?
    • Isildur_of_Numenor
      That's what I call thinking outside the box. Which is insane to think of, it seems.
      • Carpola
        I always thought the film dealt pretty much with the past anyway? With flashbacks and the ghosts. I don't need to see them do exactly the same thing as Nicholson and co. It will, I imagine go something like: "'Hey kids, we're in a hotel, it's great eh? Just us and no-one else for ages.' Then a week later, axe fest, roll credits"
        • Isildur_of_Numenor
          So true.
    Excited I am.
  • Jon Odishaw
    Unless You track down a director with as much talent as Kubrick this will suck. And there are maybe three of those left. Good luck.
  • DoomCanoe
    but......... why
  • LosZombies
    Not every fucking movie has to be a trilogy. >.<"
    • Carpola
      I wish I could like this 3 times and also add bonus dvd features.
      • LosZombies
        3 times? You sir, get an upvote! 😀
    • grimjob
      Although this is a terrible idea and shouldn't be done, I would like to see Mr. Grady "correct" his wife and daughters. then handle himself.
      • LosZombies
        Sounds like a depressing flick already 😀
  • David Banner
    Did you notice all the subliminal bears in The each shot of the film....?
  • Cody W
    Nolan, I wanna see him do horror




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