A prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was first announced to be moving forward last April, and now we might have a face to attach to it as reports are coming in that Warner Bros. is looking to get Children of Men and Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron to take the helm of The Overlook Hotel. After his latest film, Gravity, grossed $716 million worldwide for the studio, it’s not at all surprising that they’d look to him to bring this project to life. But then again, I’m sure Cuaron is getting showered in projects right now as he’s even being considered to direct the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has been tapped to write the script for the film. Right now details on the film itself are being kept under wraps but it was once said to focus on what happened before Jack Torrance, his wife and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness—as a prequel, this totally makes sense. It could actually be quite interesting to see what went on at the hotel before The Shining takes place, and Cuaron would be as good a choice as any to be the one to peel back those layers.
So there you have it, regardless of who takes the helm—whether it be Alfonso Cuaron or not—The Overlook Hotel is definitely happening; let’s just hope that it lands in the right hands because there’s definitely a story to be told here… at least I hope so.