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Warner Bros Foresee A Shining Prequel
Heeeeeeeere's Grady?

30 July 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: LA Times

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Warner Bros Foresee A Shining Prequel

With Rodney Ascher's fascinating documentary Room 237 turning heads this year at Sundance and Cannes, it seems Warner Bros have been reminded about a little movie in their back catalogue called The Shining. Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film of Stephen King's 1977 novel continues to be pored over, referenced and parodied, and with King himself recently working on a sequel of sorts, Warners apparently thinks that a Shining prequel is also in order.

Warners have stressed that the project is only at a very early stage of discussion and not formally in development, but names are attached. Writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and her partners Bradley Fischer (Black Swan) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) have been tasked with hammering out a potential direction for the film to take.

The Shining is, of course, the story of Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson in the movie) going crazy in the snowbound Overlook Hotel, having holed up there for the winter with his wife and young son in an attempt to get some peace to write a novel. One of the many great ambiguities, especially in Kubrick's version, is whether the hotel is haunting Jack, or Jack is haunting the hotel.

So where could a prequel take us? The events of The Shining we know are informed by what's happened at the hotel in the past, so there's perhaps scope for something about previous caretaker Grady, who chopped up his daughters with an axe. Or the film could be a broader history of the hotel, from the time it was first built (on an Indian burial ground, natch) in the 1890s. We could go back even further, and tell a story about what cursed the land itself, and end with the beginnings of the hotel's construction, hinting at all the horrors to follow. We could investigate all those masked hotel guest ghosts. Or, perhaps most obviously, we could look into how Jack came to be in that photograph from 1921...

Loads to draw on then, although whether we want answers to the many questions The Shining poses, is hugely debatable (give us your thoughts in the comments section below). 

King's sequel Dr Sleep, meanwhile, catches up with Danny Torrance in later life, and involves a tribe of vampiric immortals called The True Knot, who feed off the energy of children who can "shine". Our psychic abilities tell us there's bound to be an eventual film of that too, but there's no word of it yet. The book will be published by Hodder next January.


What would you like to see explored in a Shining prequel?
The Gradys
The photograph
The hotel
The witch in the bath
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Is King checking in?
Is King going to be involved? If I recall, he originally wasn't that happy with Kubrick's movie. More

Posted by MaxRenn at 19:14 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
No thanks. More

Posted by Angelus at 14:00 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Whistler I hate this current trend of trying to answer every question from every movie ever made. es! This! Hollywood is wringing every last dollar out of answering questions nobody was either asking or bothered about. It's like Hollywood is now Lost, and now we're getting a ton of 'How did Jack get his tattoos?' and 'Where did the Dharma bus come from?' episodes. Nobody cares! More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 13:39 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

You could do a Godfather Part II structure where you start out with Stephen King's Dr Sleep story with Danny Torrance in the present and then cut back to the past with The Grady's or The Donner Party or a Native American curse on the land. You could also fill in what the Torrances lives were like before they got to the hotel and fill in the blanks there. Some prequels are good. It would all depend on the quality of the script, if they can't get it right, they should leave it alone. Let's see wha More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:33 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Warner Bros Predict A Shining Prequel
Get Peter Hyams to do it and should be a workman like film that's perfectly decent but ultimately a bit pointless. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 12:38 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Leave it alone
"Writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and her partners Bradley Fischer (Black Swan) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) have been tasked with hammering out a potential direction for the film to take." ...why don't they get together and get busy "hammering out" an original idea... More

Posted by ronniem at 11:35 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Exactly!
There's nothing scarey about an answered question. The unknown is what MAKES the whole damn picture! More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:12 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Don't make this
As someone else has said, the beauty of the original is that they leave it for you to ponder on the history of the hotel. The power of the imagination is infinitely more terrifying than any half-baked prequel will ever be and all it will do is sully the film/book's legacy. More

Posted by jamiemulls at 10:54 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Leave it the f*ck alone!
Hollywood needs to stop sh*tting on the family silver. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:24 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

bad idea
The story should be left alone.I enjoyed the book,film wasn't too shabby thanks to Jack Nicholson's performance.As for a prequel no somethings should ne left for your imagination.Not sure about King's sequel although I haven't read anything of his in years. More

Posted by waggle at 09:22 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

I hate this current trend of trying to answer every question from every movie ever made. More

Posted by Whistler at 08:55 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

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