Ask almost any fan of horror what their top 10 horror movies are and more often than not Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is near the top of that list. But do we really need a prequel to Kubrick’s masterpiece? Warner Bros. thinks so…
From The LA Times,“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.”
“Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t.”
To me this sounds like a train wreck waiting to happen. Do we really need to see more backstory on the Torrence family? I don’t think so, Kubrick’s film touched up enough on that in his film that I see no need to dedicate an entire film based around that premise. On the other hand, if WB decides to go down a different path and opens the doors of The Overlook Hotel once again and show its true roots I think they may have something worth exploring. If there is any silver lining it’s the possibility of the prequel being written by James Vanderbilt who wrote David Fincher’s Zodiac which was a fantastic slow-burn horror film that I think would work perfectly for a film like this.
It’s interesting that news of a prequel to one of Stephen King’s most famous novels is coming out only months after King himself announced his sequel to The Shining. Theres definitely some potential to a prequel but something tells me that messing with one of the greatest horror films of all time might just end up getting this film lost in a hedge maze.