I either didn’t know this or had forgotten, but we nearly had a prequel to The Shining instead of a sequel. Seven years ago, it was announced that Warner Bros. had hired former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara to write a precursor to Stanley Kubrick’s classic entitled The Overlook Hotel. It was then almost an entire year before One Hour Photo‘s Mark Romanek, who hadn’t long left The Wolfman due to that all-inclusive term “creative differences”, signed on to direct.
It was going to 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.
However, Warners changed their mind when Stephen King’s book sequel Doctor Sleep came out, opting to focus on filming that instead, though the project sure took its time to get going. Could we still get The Overlook Hotel? It’s very doubtful seeing as the decent but somewhat underwhelming film of Doctor Sleep did disappointing box office. There are though a lot of stories to tell regarding Colorado’s most infamous building. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a TV series at some point….
Source: Arrow in the Head