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Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara to write the prequel to The Shining

Apr. 11, 2013by:

Stephen King's THE SHINING is having quite the renaissance these days. The documentary on the Stanley Kubrick film, ROOM 237, was recently released and King himself penned a sequel to his novel, DOCTOR SLEEP, set for release later this year. Now we are getting news that Warner Bros. is planning a prequel film entitled THE OVERLOOK HOTEL.

Deadline reports that Glen Mazzara, the former showrunner on Starz' CRASH and AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, will write the screenplay for THE OVERLOOK HOTEL. The film will take the backstories of the ghosts and other supernatural events from the Stephen King novel and flesh them out to explore the nature of the titular building. While this sounds more like a potential series along the lines of A&E's BATES MOTEL, it is being sold as a feature film.

As an avid fan of Stephen King as well as the Stanley Kubrick movie, I am greeting this with some ambivalence. Sure, I would love to see more about the hotel, but is Glen Mazzara really the guy for the job? I did enjoy his stint on THE WALKING DEAD, but he was kicked to the curb for some reason. Aside from that, CRASH was a god awful television series. Aside from those projects, Mazzara also worked as a writer on THE SHIELD and NASH BRIDGES. He has never previously written a feature film.

Part of me fears this project could end up looking like the weak Mick Garris miniseries version of THE SHINING which did feature more of the ghosts that inhabit the hotel. I love the potential for this project, just not who is involved.

Extra Tidbit: I would rather this be a series than a feature film.
Source: Deadline

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12:27AM on 04/12/2013

prequel/sequel/remake

all of these words do not belong in the same sentence with the shining.
all of these words do not belong in the same sentence with the shining.
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10:33PM on 04/11/2013
With Bates Motel and Hannibal, we all knew this was going to come around sooner or later.
With Bates Motel and Hannibal, we all knew this was going to come around sooner or later.
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10:24PM on 04/11/2013
lol Nash Bridges ftw
lol Nash Bridges ftw
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6:38PM on 04/11/2013

HERE IS JOHNNY!

what going on here? The Shinning was great by itself...the TV movie was bad...ok...but why is there a need to delve into more? I think it should be left alone...given the choice...I would take almost take a prequel.. IF It explained un-answered things from the original.
what going on here? The Shinning was great by itself...the TV movie was bad...ok...but why is there a need to delve into more? I think it should be left alone...given the choice...I would take almost take a prequel.. IF It explained un-answered things from the original.
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4:47PM on 04/11/2013
Lame idea...
Lame idea...
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4:44PM on 04/11/2013
Why does everything these days need a prequel? I've never read the book so I don't know if it explains the past of the hotel in more detail, but I like not knowing all the secrets of the hotel from the movie. Not everything needs to be explained. Stop with the damn prequels.
Why does everything these days need a prequel? I've never read the book so I don't know if it explains the past of the hotel in more detail, but I like not knowing all the secrets of the hotel from the movie. Not everything needs to be explained. Stop with the damn prequels.
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4:15PM on 04/11/2013

Agreed...but

this sounds like a decent concept but this needs to be a series. Also, this kid sucked as Danny compared to the feature film actor. and this scene was better in the theatre.
this sounds like a decent concept but this needs to be a series. Also, this kid sucked as Danny compared to the feature film actor. and this scene was better in the theatre.
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