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According to the L.A. Times, Warner Bros. is said to be “quietly exploring the possibility” of returning to the notorious Overlook Hotel one more time. Or, er, the first time, I guess would, since they’re looking at doing a prequel rather than a direct sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror movie “The Shining” (which was itself an adaptation of the bestselling Stephen King novel).
To that end, the studio has enlisted producers/writers Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to “craft” (i.e. come up with) a new take on the existing story. Since this is planned as a prequel, it will probably focus more on the hotel’s notorious and bloody history, long before wannabe writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson’s character in the original movie) shows up with his elongated wife and psychic son.
“The Shining” was an okay film that I never thought was all that scary. Thirty-two years later, and it feels very tame by today’s standards, even with the whole elevator bloodbath sequence. The two ghost kids are still pretty eerie, though, but you’re unlikely to wake up at nights in a cold sweat thinking about the film if you were to pick it up now.
The film opened to mixed reviews, including from Stephen King himself, who actually said he “hated” the movie and expressed that sentiment early and often. In 1997, King finally found a way to do his own version of the book by way of an ABC mini-series starring Steven Weber and Rebecca De Mornay, and directed by Mick Garris (who has adapted previous King books, including “Sleepwalkers” and “Riding the Bullet”), with a screenplay from King himself. The mini-series, though apparently more faithful to King’s novel, didn’t fare nearly as well as the Kubrick movie. I bet you didn’t even know it existed, did you? After all, it’s hard to beat scenes like this with a crazed Jack Nicholson. Hell, anything with a crazed Jack Nicholson is pretty much unbeatable: