As Stephen King writes a sequel to his classic horror story The Shining, Warner Bros. is looking at possibly making a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's terrifying 1980's film!
"The film would focus on what happened before Jack, his wife, and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness." There is a very long and dark history to the Overlook Hotel, which starts with it being built on an Indian burial ground, to the caretaker Delbert Grady chopping up his family with an axe prior to Jack showing up. There's several different stories that could be told, and I hope they are able to come up with something awesome!
According The L.A. Times, the studio hired writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to come up with a story to tell. Kalogridis seems like a solid choice to take on something like this, as she is the one that wrote the script for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, that dealt with crazy people.
This makes me wonder if the studio has plans to get the rights to the sequel that King is writing so they would end up having a Shining trilogy. I'm just glad they haven't tried remaking Kubrick's film, because that would be ridiculous! Hopefully that never happens. Nothing is set in stone or official right now. They are just in the very early stages of trying to see what they can come up with, to see if it's worth pursuing.
I'm a huge fan of King's book and Kubrick's film, and I'm extremely interested in seeing what they come up with. I'm actually kind of looking forward to it. The one thing that kind of sucks is that King isn't involved with it. I think he should have a hand in helping develop a story for the film--after all, it initially came from his twisted mind. Hopefully somewhere down the line the studio reaches out to him.
What do you all think about Warner Bros. possibly developing Shining prequel?