Warner Brothers Possibly Making A ‘Shining’ Prequel

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.

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12 thoughts on “Warner Brothers Possibly Making A ‘Shining’ Prequel

      1. I really hope the Dr Sleep movie happens, the novel sounds interesting and is different enough at least to try and stand alone on its own merit.

      2. Yea man, thats exactly how I feel. The novel is so far from The Shining that people wouldn’t be trying to compare it. It makes much more sense!

      3. For me, the best thing I took away from The Shining was not knowing what really went on, however many times I watch it there are just so many questions and that’s a beautiful thing. A prequel to it would surely answer some stuff (which I normally like) but a movie like The Shining should remain mysterious and open to interpretation in my opinion

    1. I’m with you on that. It depends on which road they take and in the hands of James Vanderbilt theres a really good chance this could be amazing. I hope for the best but past projects like this usually end up in disappointment.

  1. I like James Vanderbilt as a writer but this just seems like a bad idea. I agree with the other comments about turning Dr. Sleep into a movie. That could be cool. Just leave the classics alone. Although I would rather see a prequel than a remake…a theatrical remake, that is.

    1. Definitely a bad idea. Let’s hope the talents of Vanderbilt will bring on an equally talented director like Fincher or Raimi. Dr. Sleep definitely needs to be turned into a film, the plot of that book sounds amazing and has nothing to do with the hotel so people wouldn’t compare it directly to the original. Thanks for stopping by.

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