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Warner Bros contemplating a prequel to The Shining

Jul. 30, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Stanley Kubrick's version of THE SHINING may not be Stephen King's cup of tea, but movie fans love the atmospheric and slow burn of a movie. I watch it every chance I get and it still freaks me out. It is a classic and one of the many parts of Kubrick's varied canon.

Warner Bros. is smart enough to know that remaking a Kubrick movie is a bad idea, but a prequel, well that is another story. According to the LA Times, the studio is looking at a way to tell more stories at the Overlook Hotel.

According to the Times article, the film would focus on what happened before Jack Torrance (of course played memorably onscreen by Jack Nicholson), his wife and their psychic son arrived at the haunted retreat where Torrance soon descends into violent madness. A WB spokeswoman cautioned that any "Shining" prequel was in a very early stage and not even formally in development.

The article uses the words "quietly" and "exploring" because they must know that there is going to be a large population of movie fans that are not going to be too happy about this. But, by employing screenwriter/producers Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt, they may be trying to do more than make a quick buck. Kalogridis wrote the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND and was an advisor on James Cameron's AVATAR.

I am all for new interpretations of old material and as long as the filmmakers do not copy Kubrick's film or use the words THE SHINING in the title, I would love to see what they come up with.

What do you think about a prequel to THE SHINING?

Extra Tidbit: Stephen King himself wrote a sequel to THE SHINING called DOCTOR SLEEP. It hits bookstores in 2013.
Source: LA Times

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9:39PM on 09/19/2012

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have Danny marry the little girl that was in ROSE RED and have some new adventures...
have Danny marry the little girl that was in ROSE RED and have some new adventures...
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9:37PM on 09/19/2012

they ALREADY remade the Shining

ABC mini-series with that dude from WINGS... yup.. i own it.
ABC mini-series with that dude from WINGS... yup.. i own it.
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9:33PM on 07/30/2012
There already was a prequel written by Stephen King himself called "Before the Play". Adapt that and I'm there.
There already was a prequel written by Stephen King himself called "Before the Play". Adapt that and I'm there.
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9:13PM on 07/30/2012

Kubrick-the King

The Shining is the best horror film in my book.Kubrick's films r the best in their genres.
The Shining is the best horror film in my book.Kubrick's films r the best in their genres.
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7:26PM on 07/30/2012
Christ, it's like Warner Bros. wants to squander all the good will they got from me with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with the news I've been hearing of them lately. Damn you, Warner Bros! Damn you!
Christ, it's like Warner Bros. wants to squander all the good will they got from me with THE DARK KNIGHT RISES with the news I've been hearing of them lately. Damn you, Warner Bros! Damn you!
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4:36PM on 07/30/2012
Definitely interesting territory to mine if done right, I say why not?
Definitely interesting territory to mine if done right, I say why not?
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4:16PM on 07/30/2012

Get Stephen King involved now or no fucking dice.

That is all.
That is all.
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4:15PM on 07/30/2012

no thanks

I'd rather see something original, than rehashing a 30 year old movie. We already got the Prometheus turkey as a 'prequel' turd, I'm sure we can do without this one.
I'd rather see something original, than rehashing a 30 year old movie. We already got the Prometheus turkey as a 'prequel' turd, I'm sure we can do without this one.
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7:27PM on 07/30/2012
While I greatly enjoyed Prometheus, I do agree that this is unnecessary.
While I greatly enjoyed Prometheus, I do agree that this is unnecessary.
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