The Prequel to ‘The Shining’ finds a Director

Jason McDonald

Alternate title: Mark Romanek checks in to the Overlook Hotel.  I put a copyright on that, no other news outlet can steal from my genius now.

Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has tapped director Mark Romanek to handle their upcoming prequel to “The Shining” titled “Overlook Hotel.”  If this is the first you’re hearing of this project, then I feel I should reiterate that they are indeed making a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Handling the scripting duties will be Glen Mazzara, former “Walking Dead” showrunner, who just finished his draft according to Variety.

The basis for the prequel isn’t something that was just made up out of thin air, it’s actually based on the prologue that was original featured in Stephen King’s book.  However, it was cut before the novel actually went to print.  In the prologue we learn about the hotel’s first owner, Bob T. Watson, a baron who built the hotel in the Colorado Rockies.

Romanek is an interesting choice for the project.  His credits include many music videos and documentaries, but he’s no stranger to suspense having directed “One Hour Photo.”  It’ll be interesting to see what other talents gravitate towards this project.  I imagine attaching your name to the prequel of a classic film is a daunting proposition.



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      1. Maximefrance July 20, 2014 at 12:39 am

        Please Hollywood stop with this sequels to prequels which are reboots of remakes.

      2. Valt July 24, 2014 at 5:21 am

        I have kept silent while Hollywood and its many “showrunnners” who think they can compare themselves to a Kubrick. “As long as they leave The Shining alone,” I would say to myself, “There is still some decency left.” Of course, the “epic” miniseries came out and Stephen King himself was proven wrong about the original classic (and his own filmmaking talents). But now, this. And this is enough. Go back to your Romero rip-off little man and leave The Shining to rest in peace. Send Romanek home, you witless, scavengers of other people’s greatness. Damn you, Hollywood.