• Secure your account

    A friendly reminder to our users, please make sure your account is safe. Make sure you update your password and have an active email address to recover or change your password.

  • Xenforo Cloud has scheduled an upgrade to XenForo version 2.2.16. This will take place on or shortly after the following date and time: Jul 05, 2024 at 05:00 PM (PT) There shouldn't be any downtime, as it's just a maintenance release. More info here

Warner Bros. considering The Shining prequel


Definitely Not 40
Apr 4, 2004
Reaction score
Warner Bros. to Make Shining Prequel?

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is "exploring the possibility of a prequel to 'The Shining.'"

Writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar) and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt would produce the new film, according to the newspaper.

Directed, co-written and co-produced by Stanley Kubrick, the 1980 release is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King and starred Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd.

Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Duvall) and son (Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before - or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder. The prequel would naturally focus on what happened before Torrance and his family arrived at the Overlook Hotel in original.

A Warner Bros. spokeswoman cautioned the newspaper that the prequel "was in a very early stage and not even formally in development."
Because, you know...... that makes sense to do. :dry:

Honestly, it's not inherently the worst idea I've ever heard, but there is SO much other King material that deserves a quality adaptation (*cough*Salem's Lot*cough*), that spending any time on a needless prequel just seems like a real shame.

Hell, King's coming up with a sequel. Why aren't they getting the jump on that?
Does anyone know what happened before the family got there that made so many ghosts appear in the hotel?
The hotel is some sort of psychic repository, or collector, of the spirits of many previous inhabitants it is able to claim. For example, a previous caretaker, Grady, who went nuts and murdered his family. It's implied throughout the book that some evil spirit or entity might have possessed the hotel--either causing all the evil (Grady's murders) or somehow created by the evil, with the hotel collecting and/or feeding on the darkness, or both.
Last edited:
Yeah I think just adapting Dr.Sleep would make more sense.

A Shining prequel! Gotta be awesome. Get McG or Peter Berg to direct, shoot it all on Green Screen, and cast Taylor Lautner as an youngish Jack Torrance.
I really have no interest in this. I'm afraid this will just come off as something looking like The Thing prequel. You could use Grady and his family but I really don't need to see the man going insane. It's perfectly well implied by Kubrick.

Now if you got that screenwriter who wrote Shutter Island whose producing to write it... then I wouldn't be so uninterested. One of the reasons I love that film is because of The Shining/Kubrick influence it has on it.
Meh. As others have said, just do King's sequel novel if you wanna re-visit that universe.
The Shinning: Rise of Scatman Crothers?
Why not just commission Stephen King to write a script for an original story that takes place inside of the hotel aside from the characters of the previous movie? After all there can be other people that have gone crazy in the hotel just the same. It doesn't have to be anything about Jack and his family.

Isn't the whole shebang about, oh, I don't know, the Shining power?! The ghosts want Danny for his ability. I don't give a **** about what made the ghosts ghosts.
Does anyone know what happened before the family got there that made so many ghosts appear in the hotel?
I take it that a lot of bad people came to the Overlook over the years, died, then were absorbed into the hotel forever, like Jack.

I also think that Jack and Wendy had the Shining, too, but they didn't know about it. That's why Jack could talk to and see the ghosts and why Wendy started having visions towards the end. Danny, for some reason, has the strongest Shining ability.
Sounds as bad as the idea for the sequel of Pet Semetary.
So many King books and they come up with this? Now it could be really good, and really creepy in the right hands. However, they will most likely hire a pawn director, make it pg-13, and try for the young generation by being hip and casting all young adults with all the cliches present.

Hoping they prove me wrong. Im due for a new horror film.
The Talisman would be great, given the upcoming Hobbit films, and, to a lesser extent, The Hunger Games. It's also got werewolves, which have become popular again via the Twilight Saga. I'm baffled by this decision, especially with Dr. Sleep in the works. However I don't think its due out until sometime in 2014. Last word was that a winter 2013 release is unlikely.
Last edited:
We ve had a ****** Shining movie already. That god awful TV Movie starring Steven Webber. This cant be worse.
^^ i actually liked the mini-series. Even moreso than the Kubrick version.
While the tv movie was more accurate and approved of by Mr. King, I prefer the Kubrick one as it was the first horror movie I ever saw as a child and it scarred me for a looong time.
http://www.deadline.com/tag/glen-mazzara/‘Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara Set To Write ‘The Shining’ Prequel

Glen Mazzara, who ran AMC’s smash hit series The Walking Dead for the past several seasons, will now focus on ghosts. He’s in talks to write The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick-directed The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel. The film is being developed at Warner Bros to be produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis.

I could see this as a weird and creepy TV series set in the Overlook Hotel when it was still a popular destination.
I have to take my hat off to hollywood ...they never run out of bad ideas.

Watched Kubrick's movie a bunch of months ago in a movie theater. As gorgeous as i remembered it.
FFS, just do Doctor Sleep! :argh:
I don't rrally see the problem with this. Kubricks film is strange and such a crap adaption (good film) that it stands alone. It is its own thing. A prequel won't change that. And as we know there is a lot of history to tap in the Overlook. With a good director this could be good.

My only caveat would be that they don't try to explain why Jack was in the photo at the end. Dont even bring up Jack...AT ALL!

Users who are viewing this thread

Staff online

Latest posts

Forum statistics

Latest member
monitoring_string = "afb8e5d7348ab9e99f73cba908f10802"