The prequel to classic horror film, The Shining, has been in the works for some time now, and finally it looks like Overlook Hotel has found a director.
Variety reported the news that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) is currently in negotiations to direct, from a script written by The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara. Mythology’s Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis are producing.
Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to “The Shining,” which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977, the film will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home.
Starring Jack Nicholson, the original “Shining” revolved around a writer who takes his family to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil presence influences him to commit violent acts, while his psychic son sees horrific visions of the past and future.
Though ABC had King’s blessing to make a 1997 miniseries remake starring Steven Weber, studios have been cautious about doing justice to a film that has come to be seen as one of the top horror films of all time.
In 2013, King published a “Shining” sequel “Dr. Sleep,” which Warners is also trying to get off the ground.
The Ring 3
Also announced today, F. Javier Gutierrez has been hired by Paramount to direct a third Ring film for their US franchise of the classic Japanese chiller. Whether fans actually want to see another US version of this is questionable, but with Sadako still massively popular around the world, Paramount are looking to continue to build on that popularity with their version of the cursed tape.
Deadline reported the news, stating that Paramount has hired F. Javier Gutiérrez to direct the third movie in its The Ring series, marking the Spanish filmmaker’s second studio genre franchise after Relativity and The Weinstein Co. tapped him to reboot The Crow in another hotly contested helmer search.
The Ring threequel is being produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. It’s the latest installment of the $400M-grossing horror franchise first launched stateside by Gore Verbinski in 2002 with The Ring and its sequel The Ring 2, both starring Naomi Watts as a woman caught in the clutches of a cursed video tape.
It is unknown at this time whether Naomi Watts will return. It has also not been confirmed just where the story intends to go since The Ring 2 was released nearly ten years ago.
The Japanese original Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata and adapted from the novel by K?ji Suzuki, spawned its own series of prequel/sequels and spin-off films and led a wave of J-horror Hollywood remakes throughout the 2000s. Gutiérrez earned genre cred on the international scene with his shorts Brazil and La habitacion de Norman, followed by his 2008 debut feature Before the Fall (Tres días). He’s repped by WME, manager Dan Farah, and attorney Stephen Clark.
You can watch Gutierrez’ two short films below.