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has always had a bit of a unique relationship with The Shining. His original novel was one that was very personal in story and catapulted him to even greater fame and success. Yet, he was never a fan of the movie adaptation, and when word reached him that the studios were kicking around the idea of making a movie prequel, the author...well, let's just say he's not crazy about the idea:

I'm not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I'm sort of a nice guy. When I was a kid, my mother said, 'Stephen if you were a girl, you'd always be pregnant.' I have a tendency to let people develop things. I'm always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn't happen.

Further, he's not even entirely sure Warner Bros. would have the rights to do a prequel:

There's a real question about whether or not they have the rights to 'Before the Play,' which was the prologue cut from the book — because the epilogue to the book was called 'After the Play.' So they were bookends, and there was really scary stuff in that prologue that wouldn't make a bad movie. Am I eager to see that happen? No I am not. And there's some real question about what rights Warner Bros. does still have. The Shining is such an old book now that the copyright comes back to me. Arguably, the film rights lapse — so we'll see. We're looking into that.

And might I mention, King has already written a sequel to The Shining by the name of Doctor Sleep, set to be released this fall, so it's no small wonder that King is not exactly crazy about the concept of someone else taking his work and building a story before the story.

Still, that's not exactly stopping Warner Bros. from putting a prequel into development, and they've hired a big name to handle the script: , long time showrunner for AMC's epic The Walking Dead, is in talks to write the draft for The Overlook Hotel.

It looks like the studio is hell-bent on making this prequel happen. From the sounds of it, King seems resigned to the fact that his material is going to be jacked by people without his permission. For one, I don't blame him for being unhappy. It sounds as if Warner Bros. isn't particularly interested on getting his blessing or consultation on the project. Still, it looks like it's going to happen whether the author likes it or not, so I'm sure we can expect a lot of quotable insights from King as the project progresses.



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