Based on Stephen Kings chilling story, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is without doubt one of the finest horror movies ever made. Last year King wrote a sequel to The Shining called Dr Sleep, and while that book is not due out until later this year, plans are moving forward on a prequel to the events that took place at the Overlook Hotel.
King was never that keen on Kubricks version of his novel, but the film constantly makes top ten horror lists. The Overlook Hotel will be a prequel to Kubricks film, and Deadline is reporting that The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has signed on to write the script. Mazzara took over the stunning zombie TV series from Frank Darabont, and many have said that the show took a dramatic new edge when Mazzara took over. Having him pen the prequel to The Shining is a very interesting choice indeed.
The prequel, called The Overlook Hotel, is under development at Warner Brothers, and it was announced last summer. Back then it was reported that Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis were working on the story at Warner Brothers, and it would seem that they have come up with an idea worthy of a feature length film. Mazzara will write the screenplay while the trio will serve as producers.
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.
No other details are known at this time, not even plot details. However with the title being The Overlook Hotel, no doubt the prequel will focus on another unfortunate family taking up residence there.