WB Eying Alfonso Cuarón to Direct ‘Shining’ Prequel ‘Overlook Hotel’?

Published 5 months ago by , Updated May 24th, 2014 at 7:03 am,

Shining Prequel Director Overlook Hotel WB Eying Alfonso Cuarón to Direct Shining Prequel Overlook Hotel?

For years there have been rumblings of there being some new cinematic version of Stephen King’s The Shining. At first, a remake seemed like it was in the cards, but then came whispers that the project would actually be a prequel, meant to chronicle the horrific events that took place at the infamous Overlook Hotel before the legacy of those horrors would eventually come around to drag the Torrance family down into tragedy.

About a year ago, we finally got confirmation that The Overlook Hotel was indeed in development over at Warner Bros. as a  Shining prequel, which was being written by former Walking Dead showrunner, Glen Mazzara. Now comes rumor that the project is focusing in on a director, and that it’s none other than Oscar-winning Gravity director, Alfonso Cuarón.

The rumor comes from Schmoes Know, a website which has gained quick notoriety by breaking some big – if unconfirmed – rumors. The site recently floated rumors about a writer for a new Masters of the Universe movie, as well as a writer for the recently announced Power Rangers reboot – both of which could be partially true. In other words, while the report about Cuarón could be accurate, it should not be taken as a slam-dunk certainty.

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Cuarón is sitting on top of the world right now (Gravity pun) and could have his pick of any number of projects. While WB is no doubt motivated to keep him under their tent (alongside other mega-directors like Chris Nolan), at the current time it’s also being rumored that he could find work directing the studio’s blockbuster Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Cuarón gained much of his Hollywood acclaim by directing the third Harry Potter film, Prisoner of Azkaban, so a return to that franchise is a definite possibility – especially if WB is willing to invest heavily in his proven talent handling the franchise.

The exact details of The Overlook Hotel script are not yet known. The film could be everything from a prequel following a specific family (like the Grady family, whose twin daughters and (racist) bartender father were featured in The Shining), or it could have the format of something like The Grudge, which was sort of a horror semi-anthology that focused on multiple dark stories set within the same cursed location. It’s almost a safe bet to assume Overlook Hotel would adopt that latter narrative approach; with different stories to tell (and ergo, different cinematic experiences to explore), the project could be attractive to Cuarón, who has yet to really add horror to his expanding range of genres.

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The thought of following in the footsteps of the late, great, Stanely Kubrick might also be a lure for a filmmaker like Cuarón. The Shining is a film renowned for its long tracking shots and sequences; with Cuarón firmly established as the modern master of that cinematic technique, having him direct Overlook Hotel would offer opportunity for a stylistic continuity in the films that cinephiles would not doubt get giddy over (I would be one of them).

In the end, whichever film Alfonso Cuarón chooses as his next project is going to get an instant boost in credibility; meanwhile, the film(s) he’s rumored for and doesn’t choose will likely be lamented for what could’ve been. Fantastic Beasts and Overlook Hotel would be equally intriguing choices for different reasons – and in a perfect world, the Mexican auteur would take on BOTH. (With the latter film still a ways off from production, that’s certainly possible….)

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Overlook Hotel as more info comes in. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is slated to open in U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016.

Source: Schmoes Know

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  1. Dude, Kofi, you picked the best picture to use on the homepage for this article. I just busted out laughing at work. Thanks for that :)

  2. I dunno, not sure I’d want there to be a movie or any form of prequel (book and TV included). I like that we saw things in The Shining (which is a fave of mine) and weren’t left with an explanation. I’m of the old school “we don’t need everything explained to us” class that doesn’t mind a mysterious character or scene to keep me hooked and going back to try and figure out my own conclusion.

    • I definitely agree. The Shining is my favorite horror movie, and I like the fact that so much of it is left up to interpretation. There’s a certain great quality to the mystery behind things in The Shining, and just having it explained in a prequel doesn’t really do it for me.

      Now, if they decide to make Doctor Sleep into a movie, I’d be all for that. Didn’t get to read it yet, but the idea of a sequel about Danny years later just sounds great to me.

      • I’m currently reading Doctor Sleep right now, more than halfway through it. It’s a great book so far, I’m really enjoying it. The problem with adapting it into a movie is that there are so many things in it that connect to the original novel of The Shining and not the Stanley Kubrick film version of The Shining. Kubrick’s film is a masterpiece, but it’s not a good adaptation of the book. So if WB or whoever decided to turn Doctor Sleep into a movie, they might be more inclined to connect it to the Kubrick film, which would be very disappointing. Then again, I think Stephen King has more creative control over his books and how they’re adapted these days, so who knows? Maybe King will adapt Doctor Sleep himself as a TV project, just as he did The Shining. That may be the best route.

        Anyway, as far as a prequel to Kubrick’s The Shining goes…eh, it might be good without necessarily trying to EXPLAIN where all the evil forces come from, but rather simply present a story from an earlier time period in the Overlook Hotel (Halloran as a young cook, gangster murders, Grady’s arrival, etc.) but with the same aura of mystery that the original movie had.

    • If there is an interesting story to tell, does it matter that it comes in the form of a prequel? If Cuaron signs on you can bet that its because he intends on making something great.

      • It does to me, yes and as talented as Cuaron is, it’d be 99% likely I’d still avoid watching it. I’m happy with what Kubrick gave us and wouldn’t find a prequel explaining things from The Shining interesting in the slightest.

        It’s like Cloverfield, I loved the mystery, disagreed with people who said we needed a sequel to explain where the monster came from and felt the film was slightly ruined by the prequel comic that released months later.

        • I’ve gotta agree with you Dazz. I prefer when some elements are left up to the imagination. Not to say that prequels can’t be cool, but they can really dismantle what makes the originals enjoyable.

  3. He’s one of the best 3 directors currently working.

  4. The only issue I have is that I want to see the same staff complete the Fantastic Beasts trilogy. I’m afraid that he would do these two movies, then miss out on the FB sequels. Hopefully, they can film all 3 FB movies straight on through, allowing him to move on this project.

  5. Make it similar to the narrative of Phantom of the Opera 2004 movie. The grand scale of “how it used to be” plus the wistful nostalgia makes it more reflective of something that preceded the state of things now, instead of aiming for a ‘preluding drama’ that’s so ambitious that it falls over itself.

  6. I intend to one day rewatch The Shining because I know how revered it is by a lot of people/critics. I’ve only seen it once and it did not surprise me to find out it got the worst movie Razzie; I didn’t like it.
    So I’d welcome a revisit to the Overlook hotel. And I’d welcome anything by Cuaron, he’s great.

  7. Anybody who has read the book knows that the Overlook has a ton of creepy cool stories to tell that won’t have to bother explaining (let alone OVER explaining) anything from the first movie.

    If this happens, it has the potential to be great! While not tarnishing the original one bit.

  8. ARE U KIDDING ME GRAVITY SUCKED HARRY POTTER 3 COULDVE BEEN A LOT BETTER. THIS MAN ALFONSO CUAROUN IS A DIPS4IT DUMBA$$ WHO CANT DO CRAP EXCEPT RUIN MOVIES. I AM BIG MOVIE BUFF AND HATE EVERY MOVIE HE HAS MADE. HE IS SUCH A TERRIBLE DIRECTOR AND ALWAYS LEAVES ME WITH THE QUESTION WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A MOVIE DIRECTOR, SUCKING HEAD OF WHATEVER CORPORATION DICK. CUZ THATS WHAT ALFONSO DID. I AM ALSO A HARRY POTTER FAN AND IF HE IS DIRECTING THE SPIN-OFF I WILL NOT BE WATCHING IT AND WILL HAVE LOST HOPE FOR MOST MOVIES. WHY WHY WHY…. I TURNED OFF GRAVITY HALF WAY THROUGH THE MOVIE CUZ IT SUCKED SO BADD. HP3 WAS THE WORST BECAUSE HE DIRECTED IT. GO BACK MIXED FRUIT BAGG.

  9. Don’t do it. he should do a horror movie though like he said he wanted to