Many horror fans will tell you that Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is the greatest horror ever made. It is also very well known that Stephen King hated this version. For me, the Kubrick version is superb, a powerhouse of a horror and up there with the very best the genre has to offer. It is not my favourite horror of all time, but it definitely ranks in my top ten. So, news of a prequel is a little, shall we say, worrying? It depends which direction the story is intended to go.
The L.A Times are reporting: “Warner Bros.is quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel to “The Shining,” the 1980 Stanley Kubrick chillfest that many fans regard as the scariest movie of all time. The studio has solicited the involvement of Hollywood writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to craft a new take as producers, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly… The film would focus on what happened before Jack Torrance (of course played memorably onscreen by Jack Nicholson), his wife and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness. A WB spokeswoman cautioned that any ‘Shining’ prequel was in a very early stage and not even formally in development.”
So, nothing is confirmed, but the idea is there and usually if Warners are at the ideas stage on something as big as this, then it will no doubt actually happen. So the question is this, just what will the prequel focus on? We have already learnt enough of the Torrance history in the brief moments in Kubrick’s version, and in more detail in the superb made for TV version directed by Mick Garris in 1997. To be honest there is not a lot there worthy of a prequel, and poor old Jack does not actually go mad until he gets to the Overlook Hotel, which brings us to the other scenario for the prequel.
It could be that Warner’s are planning a prequel about the Overlook Hotel itself, and will look at the history of the hotel and other guests who lost their marbles while visiting. Now that would be cool, and that I would definitely be interested in seeing.
Now, let’s also look at who Warner’s have already brought in: Bradley Fischer worked as producer on David Fincher’s Zodiac and also Shutter Island and is currently working as producer on the new Dracula film directed by Neil Marshall, The Last Voyage of the Demeter. He also worked as executive producer on Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Then we have James Vanderbilt who produced Zodiac and has written screenplays for the superb The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac and the upcoming Robocop remake. Finally Laeta Kalogridis wrote and produced Shutter Island, and she also wrote the screenplay for Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch. Basically, there is some serious talent involved here, which is very promising!
(Source: L.A Times)
By Matt Wavish