‘Shining’ Prequel ‘Overlook Hotel’ Has Mark Romanek in Talks to Direct

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Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón was recently rumored to be Warner Bros.’ top choice to direct the studio’s developing movie prequel to The Shining, Overlook Hotel; as exciting as those claims were, however, it was Cuarón himself who put a damper on that idea, when he revealed his plans to take a break – after the exhausting, but rewarding, process of making Gravity. On the plus side, though, we now have news of WB being in proper talks with another intriguing candidate to direct Overlook Hotel.

Variety is reporting that filmmaker Mark Romanek has entered negotiations to reach a deal for him to call the shots on Overlook Hotel, drawing from the most recent script draft penned by Glen Mazzara (a former show-runner on The Walking Dead TV series). Mazzara’s script is reported to be loosely based on author Stephen King’s original prologue to his Shining novel – essentially, a short origin story for the infamous Overlook Hotel – that was abandoned prior to the book’s publication back in the late 1970s.

Romanek had a strong music video background – where he collaborated with Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Weezer, among others – before he broke out properly on the movie scene with the Robin Williams drama/thriller One Hour Photo in 2002 (though Romanek made his feature debut, Static, back in 1985). He’s something of a Hollywood outsider, though Romanek did helm the abandoned Locke & Key TV series pilot and was lined up as helmsman on Disney’s live-action Cinderella feature, before he stepped away and was replaced by Kenneth Branagh.

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Mark Romanek directing Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley in ‘Never Let Me Go’

The idea of Cuarón directing Overlook Hotel sounded especially promising to many film geeks, since his stylistic tendencies – particularly his sequence shots/extended tracking shots – could’ve made the movie a continuation of not just the narrative, but also the technical approach of Stanley Kubrick’s famous Shining adaptation. Romanek is an intriguing choice to direct Overlook Hotel for similar reasons, as he tends to favor a more removed and coldly-observational form of visual storytelling – one that recalls Kubrick’s techniques, no less (see: Romanek’s direction on the bleak sci-fi drama Never Let Me Go).

Of course, Overlook Hotel probably holds little to no interest for those who’d rather maintain the mystery surrounding the place that drove Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance insane in Kubrick’s adaptation of King’s book. Still, there have been prequel-ish stories explored in recent years that’ve formed identities distinct enough to set them apart from their predecessors (be it the Hannibal TV show or the Alien film Prometheus). There’s likewise potential for Overlook Hotel to be an effectively disturbing and rich work of horror on its own terms, Shining connections aside.

We’ll continue to keep you up to speed on development concerning Overlook Hotel.

Source: Variety

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  1. I’m not interested in finding out more but at the same time, The Shining is one of my all time faves so definite conflict there.

  2. I also enjoyed the original and would like to learn more about the hotel, but because the original is considered a horror classic, any prequel should be careful in its construction and story, so as to be respectful to its predecessor and not taint its memory. I’m apprehensive but interested.

    • That’s always the way. You hate the idea of the mystery being ruined but at the same time, curiosity makes you want to know more about why things are the way they are.

    • The book lays down much of the history for several decades. This could actually be made into a pretty good mini series like Fargo. One that ends up around the TV version of the Shining. That was closer to the book, but the original was really the best over all. Just a lot of changes in the story. It’s been a long time since I read the book. Time to read it again. Damn good

      • Confession time. I love the movie but I’ve never actually read the book or seen the TV version.

        • I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the TV version, and I thought it was terrible, far inferior to the movie version, even though it was supposed to be more “in keeping” with the book. On occasion, an author’s novels don’t translate so well to film, so some oustide direction and editing can be a good thing.

          • Yep, I can agree with that (one example being the Mandarin twist in Iron Man 3 that showed us how a terror threat can be manufactured to suit the personal gains in business and/or politically, something which is entirely plausible since it’s happened a few times before in reality but which flew over the heads of those who wanted “the real Mandarin”).

        • After seeing the movie when it first came out a friend told me the book was much scarier so I checked it out. It is much scarier than the movie, but what really amazed me was how different the two stories actually were. I enjoyed them both, but you really should read the book if you like a chill down your spine. This was when King could really write scary stuff.

  3. I’m not interested in seeing another prequel. I would rather see a film adaption of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, which is a sequel to The Shining.

    • I didn’t know there was a sequel to the Shining. I’ll be ordering it tonight. Thanks for the info.

  4. I understand the hesitation. But, I think it could be a really strong prequel. A good story even without the connection to The Shining. I hope they do it justice!

  5. They could make it a new Trilogy

    1. Get The Overlook Hotel done first.
    2. Reboot The Shining.
    3. Next is Doctor Sleep to be directed by Scott Derickson.

    Why I want The Shining Rebooted?
    I know it’s a classic, but people these days (particularly kids) don’t watch 70s, 80s, and 90s films because they think they’re “modern” and “updated” but there are still do, well, quite a Few.
    Doctor Sleep could be a great film if done right. Though this is just me, rebooting The Shining is unlikely.