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.