'Never Let Me Go' Director Mark Romanek Gets 'The Shining' Prequel
After getting involved and falling away from various studio projects like Disney's new Cinderella, Universal's The Wolfman, and an adaptation of Dan Brown's The Last Symbol, director Mark Romanek is going to try his hand at another big studio film. Variety reports the Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo director is in talks to be at the helm of The Overlook Hotel, the prequel to The Shining being set up at Warner Bros. With a script from "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara, and a classic predecessor from Stanley Kubrick, this is a hot commodity, but there's no telling whether Romanek will stick with it.
Alfonso Cuaron was supposedly up for the gig, but he passed. However, with this new report comes plot details. For those who don't know there was a prologue to Stephen King's original novel that was cut from the book before it was published in 1977, and that's what the film is based on. It's an origin story of The Overlook Hotel as told from the point-of-view of Bob T. Watson, the establishment's first owner. Watson was a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century who scaled the Rocky Mountains and founded this grand resort that he and his family would call home. But obviously, some strange and horrific things will happen.
We're not sure a prequel to The Shining is a good idea, as most origin stories simply don't match up to the quality of their predecessor, Prometheus being the most recent example. Plus, it takes away from some of the mystery and tends to taint the mythology a bit. But of course, studios love recognizable titles that audiences will be curious about. Plus, King recently wrote a sequel novel to The Shining called Dr. Sleep, and Warner Bros. is interested in adapting that too. So sometime down the road there might be a whole trilogy surrounding The Shining. Does that sound like something you'd be interested in?