Prequel to The Shining gets a name and a writer

Welcome to The Overlook Hotel

The first details have emerged online regarding Warner Bros' forthcoming prequel to The Shining, with the film now operating under the official title The Overlook Hotel.

Not only does the project now have a new name, but it also has a new writer in the form of The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara, who has been tapped by the studio to get to work on a first draft of the screenplay.

At present we don't have anything in the way of story details, but given the Overlook's colourful history and its bountiful array of ghostly residents, there should be plenty for Mazzara to work with.

The news arrives at a time when The Shining is enjoying something of a renaissance, what with the film's recent re-release (alongside fan-theory movie Room 237) and Stephen King's sequel, Doctor Sleep, set to arrive later in the year.

No rumours have reached our ears as to who might direct or star, but with things seemingly in motion over at Warner, expect that to change in the not too distant future.

Does The Shining need a prequel? Tell us, below!


    • philipjamesd

      Apr 12th 2013, 11:25

      Ti West to direct? Not a bad shout.

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    • thedanieljson

      Apr 12th 2013, 13:23

      good shout @phillipjamesd, I can't imagine a better person behind the camera.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Apr 12th 2013, 14:19

      Ill bet now that this will involve a bunch of teens who stumble upon the hotel and take their jumpers off whenever they can, regardless of the temperature

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    • Racso16

      Apr 12th 2013, 15:25

      for some reason michael haneke is coming to mind to direct, but i dont know why

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    • smellyhands

      Apr 12th 2013, 16:45

      One of the writers from The Walking Dead. Not expecting much now. That show at times has some of the worst writing I have ever witnessed. There's a reason it has spawned so many internet meme's and its not a positive one.

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    • michaeldempsey

      Apr 16th 2013, 12:19

      NO! NO! NO! A prequel to this literary and cinematic classic is a terrible idea. I may be drawn to see it only out of morbid curiosity.

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