It’s over a year ago that we last reported on The Shining prequel movie (here)… but it seems it’s still alive and very well, indeed.
Truth director James Vanderbilt has been talking about the prequel (which he’ll produce) called Overlook Hotel and, we must admit, the talent involved is impressive – it’s set to be directed by One Hour Photo’s Mark Romanek and written by The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara. Impressive, right?
The movie will be based on an introduction written by Stephen King in the original novel but later deleted in which King delved into the history of The Overlook Hotel: “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.”
Vanderbilt hints at a return to old school fimmaking akin to the Kubrick method: “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 its own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘When Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that.”
It’s unclear if the prequel will stick to the book or Kubrick’s movie but if it’s the standalone tale that we’re hearing it is then it probably doesn’t matter too much.
We have to admit, we like what we’re hearing…