‘Shining’ Prequel Being Considered By ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Shutter Island’ Producers

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 30th, 2012 at 11:55 am,

shining prequel Shining Prequel Being Considered By Zodiac and Shutter Island Producers

Stephen King is looking forward into the future with his sequel novel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep. Warner Bros has the opposite approach in mind, as the studio is reported to be exploring a prequel to the famous horror story (more specifically, Stanley Kubrick’s lauded 1980 film adaptation).

Studio reps are confirming these reports, but emphasize: the project isn’t “formally in development” just yet – and thus, there’s a chance it won’t see the light of day.

LA TimesMovies Now says that Warner Bros. is “quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel” that delves into the macabre backstory concerning what transpired at the haunted (…or is it?) Overlook Hotel, prior to the arrival of Jack Torrance and his family. Details are mostly being kept secret right now, so it’s difficult to say how far the trip back in time will be. It’s worth nothing there’s no implication the project will expound upon Jack’s history as a struggling alcoholic writer, beyond the allusions in Kubrick’s film (and more explicit references in King’s book).

The members of the Torrance family are tormented by some pretty freaky visions, so it’s difficult to imagine how a prequel would not lessen the impact of those events – especially, as portrayed in Kubrick’s film, where it’s never clarified how much madness was the handiwork of malicious supernatural entities. Moreover, a prequel about the experiences of previous tenants at the Overlook Hotel risks recycling plot points from The Shining, with diminished returns (see: The Thing prequel).

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On a note less likely to incite rage from Screen Rant readers: the Shining prequel involves producer Bradley Fischer, as well as writer-producers Laeta Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt. Their horror-thriller filmography is rock-solid, including Zodiac and Black Swan (both produced by Fischer, the former written by Vanderbilt) and Shutter Island, which Kalogridis wrote and produced alongside Fischer. Kalogridis seems like an ideal candidate to write the story/script, as she demonstrated a knack for pulpy psycho-horror fare with the aforementioned Shutter Island.

Things are just starting to take shape on this Shining prequel. Moreover, Fischer, Kalogridis, and Vanderbilt have other priorities on their to-do list, including, Altered Carbon and White House Down. Hence, it may be a while before we hear much more about this project.

Let us know your feelings about a prequel to The Shining in the comments.


Source: LA Times

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  1. I certainly understand why Stephen King hates the movie. Considering it the ‘scariest movie’ of all time is just plain nonsense. Actually the only thing REALLY frightening about the movie is how Nicholson managed to turn a wonderfully creepy, eerie story into third rate schlock.

  2. How many times can you roll your eyes before you roll a double six?
    The repeated mining of prior works is a declaration of creative bankruptcy.

    • This^^.

      The first thought in my head when I read the title of the article was. “WHY???”.

  3. Did anyone else think Zodiac was just awful?

    • I did. I have zero hope for this.

      • I also think a Shining prequel is a terrible idea, but Zodiac was a great, great movie.

  4. What? King can’t bring back Kubrick from the grave to do the prequal? After so many years of writing about ghosts you’d think he’d know how to by now…..

  5. Prequels are a new smoke-screen to make people more accepting of sequels.

  6. King already wrote a prequel of sorts some time ago. I forget its name, but it is available online for free, and has been for years.

    I like both the book and the movie, but I treat them as separate entities. This means I would like to see a prequel to the film. However, it would have to look like a Kubrick film, to feel like a prequel, and I don’t see that happening.

  7. Talked to Darth Vader about this and he said and I quote, “Nooooooooo!!!”

  8. THE SHINING is one of my if not my top favorite horror film of all time. I’m not particularly against a prequel at this time. They have a more than competent creative team behind it so I do have some faith in it. Plus I’m one of those who actually had a good time with THE THING prequel, in spite of it being weaker than it’s predecessor. I’m thinking if they go the prequel route it will be about Delbert/Charles Grady. And if so, while they probably wouldn’t be able to get him I’d want him to have a cameo meeting the ghost of the Jack Nicholson from the photo at the end of the original film. Explore more about the hotel without giving it all away. I’ll be honest, I don’t mind them talking more about the supernatural since to be frank by the end it seemed pretty obvious (to me) that it had to be. I dunno. I’m not going to pass judgment yet.