Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel THE SHINING is not only regarded as one of the best horror movies of all time, but one of the best films ever made. It is one of the few films that is generally revered as a cinematic master piece, and as a result it’s one of the last films you would ever think about becoming a horror franchise. Well, according to a recent interview with Collider, producer James Vanderbilt spoke about his upcoming project currently entitled OVERLOOK HOTEL, a prequel to THE SHINING that will be directed by Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), and written by Glen Mazzara. According to reports, the story will be based on King’s original prologue from the book, telling 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.” Vanderbilt expressed his confidence in his team:
“You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’. I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘When Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that.”
Although I’m apprehensive about anyone even attempting a prequel to Kubrick’s masterpiece, I can’t help but get excited about the prospect of Glen Mazzara helming the story. Mazzara was the show-runner during season 3 of THE WALKING DEAD (which was the best season by far). His tenure on that show demonstrated that he has a clear love and respect for the horror genre, and hearing his name attached to this project gives me a lot more hope at seeing an exciting and frightening prequel to Kubrick’s film. There’s no word yet on whether or not the film will attempt to emulate Kubrick’s style, or whether or not this team will have any interest in adapting King’s sequel to THE SHINING, DOCTOR SLEEP, sometime down the road. Regardless, let’s hope that the pressure doesn’t get to the team Vanderbilt has assembled, because as we all know, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…”
What do you think of the news? Are you excited to see the origins of the Overlook Hotel, or do you think it’s best to lay these ghosts to rest? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!