Is a The Shining prequel on the way?

News Simon Brew 30 Jul 2012 - 07:00

A movie prequel to Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's The Shining is apparently in its very early stages...

Just a small nugget of a story this one, which may or may not grow into something more substantive. It's popped up over at the Los Angeles Times, where it's been revealed that Warner Bros is doing some exploratory work regarding a prequel to The Shining.

Whilst the studio has cautioned that the film is not yet formally in development, it's nonetheless hired Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to come in and produce the film. Kalogridis penned the screenplay to Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, based on the Dennis Lehane novel, whilst Vanderbilt's most recent writing could be found in The Amazing Spider-Man (Zodiac remains arguably his best work to date).

The new The Shining movie will be set, if it goes ahead, before the time when Jack Torrance (as played, of course, by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's film) arrived at the Overlook Hotel. It's unlikely that Stephen King, who penned the novel of The Shining, will be involved in this. There are a few reasons why, including the small matter of him penning a follow-up to The Shining himself.

Don't expect much progress on this one for a while...

Los Angeles Times.

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