ByMark Newton, writer at
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For many horror and film fans, The Shining is one of those lines in the sand you do not cross: it should never be remade. However, that doesn't mean film producers aren't interested in using the lore around The Shining to continue or build on the story.

For example, Truth director James Vanderbilt recently spoke about his upcoming The Shining prequel, tentatively titled Overlook Hotel. The film, which will be produced by Vanderbilt, directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) and written by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), is based on the original prologue to Stephen King's book, The Shining.

Ultimately the prologue would be cut by his publishers prior to the book's publication in 1977, although Bloody Disgusting has some details. They state the film will "tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home.”

In the interview with Collider, Vanderbilt explained his choice of director and scribe, explaining:

"You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’ I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way Glen cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘When Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that."

At the moment, there are no solid details on when production will start or when we can expect to see it in theaters. Given the extremely early stages of pre-production we appear to be in, I wouldn't image we'll be seeing anything from Overlook Hotel for at least another year.

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Source: BloodyDisgusting


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