I have to be honest, today was the first time I had heard about this project. You may still be unaware so let me clue you in. A prequel to The Shining is coming and it is called Overlook Hotel. But that isn’t all we know, it will be produced by James Vanderbilt and directed by Mark Romanek. This is tremendously exciting for me. I adore Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation and I am currently reading the novel it was based on by the master of horror, Stephen King. I love the dark and fascinating universe of The Shining, so it is great that we get to go back there again. I have to say though, I understand that some people are reluctant to get behind the prequel. Kubrick’s The Shining is such a perfect movie that there is a fear that this prequel will ruin it by taking the location and making a standard, modern jump scare filled horror flick that isn’t creepy in the least. However a recent interview with Collider has shed some light on this. The interview was with producer James Vanderbilt.
From what the producer had to say about Overlook Hotel that it will not focus on the Torrance family: “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 [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘when Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that.” This puts the worries of many fans to rest slightly, they aren’t going to go and mess with the story of the original.
Stephen Kings works are fertile ground for film adaptations.His books have spawned many film versions, the news came out last month that his novella; The Mist would be getting a TV adaptation, it had previously been adapted into a movie by Frank Darabont. More on that here. It will be great to see the Overlook Hotel again, especially in high definition. What is great about this idea is that it is the best of both worlds we get to see Overlook again but with a new set of characters. We may even get some insight into the mysterious backstory of The Shining. As to the constant reviving and remaking and classics. Guys, Kubrick’s movie was an adaptation of a novel by Stephen King so that wasn’t an original story either and it is largely seen as an absolute masterpiece. I know that it isn’t in the same genre but Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World was the start of a sequel trilogy to the classic Jurassic Park and it was fantastic in my opinion. Let’s hold off on the criticism until we’ve actually watched it.