The Shining to get a prequel?

Warner Bros “exploring the possibility”

Just because a film’s revered as a classic doesn’t mean it’s safe from the remake/reboot/prequel treatment. And with Hollywood currently in love with reinvigorating old classics, the latest film it’s turned its attention on is The Shining.

Warner Bros is contemplating making a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classy adaptation of Stephen King’s book.

Seeing as King never wrote a prequel to his Shining, this would obviously be entirely new material and presumably explore the bloody history of the Overlook Hotel.

A spokesman for the studio says that the concept is “in a very early stage and not even formally in development”, so chances are this could still fall apart before a script gets written.

Kubrick’s film was released in 1980, and starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, who moves into the Overlook Hotel with his family over the winter. The rest, of course, is history.

Though last year’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes proved that prequels can be done well, this one feels particularly unnecessary, especially considering the extent to which Kubrick’s film depends on its many unsolved mysteries.

With a Carrie remake in development over at MGM, though, we’re just happy Warner Bros aren’t looking to remake The Shining completely. Time will tell what happens with this one…

Like the idea of a Shining prequel? Talk to us below…

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    • Heisenberg

      Jul 30th 2012, 7:27

      Of course they are thinking of doing this, if they didn't do that it would mean they would have to think of something original, and that's just crazy talk.

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    • bencobra

      Jul 30th 2012, 10:37

      Not sure about this. i'm glad it isn't a remake though. King expressed disappointment in the original due to Kubrick changing a lot of the novel.

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    • ThrashGordon

      Jul 30th 2012, 10:58

      Why not just wait until the sequel is finished, and that instead.

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    • ThrashGordon

      Jul 30th 2012, 10:58

      *and do that instead

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    • pingpong

      Jul 30th 2012, 11:48

      Not sure about this. Ridley Scott already ruined Alien by removing the mystery around the space jockey. If they have to make a haunted hotel movie, then please don't attach it to the Shining.

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    • Murphy0806

      Jul 30th 2012, 12:05

      Ruined Alien? I wasn't the biggest fan of Prometheus but that's a little strong. I'm interested to see who will take on directing duties on this. You'd have to have some seriously big cojones.

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    • Murphy0806

      Jul 30th 2012, 12:05

      Ruined Alien? I wasn't the biggest fan of Prometheus but that's a little strong. I'm interested to see who will take on directing duties on this. You'd have to have some seriously big cojones.

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    • bencobra

      Jul 30th 2012, 13:34

      Yeah the sequel idea seems a better angle. Known Hollywood they will be looking to do both.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 30th 2012, 14:44

      I just don't understand why Hollywood can't seem to muster the enthusiasm to look for fresh ideas.

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    • bencobra

      Jul 30th 2012, 15:41

      @Ali1748 Your preaching to the choir. Remakes, sequels and prequels appear to be a high percentage of 2012 releases. Also comic book adaptations are just getting out of hand.

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    • thejonner

      Jul 31st 2012, 5:31

      God help me, is this what we're coming to? This idea, thankfully not yet confirmed, the remake of Carrie, Spider-man reboot, Total Recall, Promethecackingus... Seriously, how long before some bozo of a studio head approves a remake of The Godfather? Citizen Kane? Casablanca? Especially the latter two, what with them being in black and white - the kids won't watch that monochrome stuff, will they? It's all so depressing. Even my two favourite films of the year so far were reboots/sequels (The Muppets and TDKR, in case you're interested, which I doubt you are).

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    • lornahobart

      Jul 31st 2012, 13:04

      This is ridiculous. The film stands on its own. The book stands on its own. They can't forge King's idea into something else completely - it will shatter the whole effect of the first film, mainly by dragging it out when it cannot stretch. This is the case with most sequels that haven't been intended from the beginning. It would be as disastrous as Titanic 2. I mean, Titanic 2!? Now I've mentioned it....For c**p's sake. What the hell? I might just make a film about 9/11, too, then make a sequel called 10/12. Brilliant. Fantastic idea. I love to play on the disasters of the world for ultimately s**t entertainment. Please spare us the agony. Do something profoundly good and read some new screenplay ideas... I'm highly sure there are some fantastic ones out there that don't even get touched. A sequel to The Shining will bring nothing to the world of cinema but embarrassment and destruction.

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    • lornahobart

      Jul 31st 2012, 13:07

      *prequel, sorry

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    • lornahobart

      Jul 31st 2012, 13:11

      Actually, to add more... I don't think it would be done badly necessarily, but it will have no real contact with The Shining itself, so it seems like a waste of energy that could potentially ruin the whole mystery that you get from watching the film. Very risky business, not worth it, could never be great, could only be bog-standard... so what is the point? Oh yeah, because they make some money... but they also waste people's time in the process.

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    • alexr

      Aug 1st 2012, 8:22

      Well, Stephen King is currently writing the Shining sequel novel (supposedly titled Doctor Sleep). If, as he has a tendency to do, King includes scenes from the past, he may be writing a novel in two parts, with Part 1 serving as a prequel to the original story, and Part 2 continuing the story from some other point of view. It has always been maintained in King's universe that the boy was not the only character to manifest his 'shining', and one of the characters from the original novel (Dick Halloran) appears in the novel IT (and is psychic, BTW). Whatever happens, nothing will surpass The Shining movie for sheer quality regardless of whether King is involved or not, unless they grab a truly visionary director and ensure the true spirit of the original movie and the fans expectations are maintained. Tough job.

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    • EddieFelson

      Aug 1st 2012, 14:50

      Well said @alexr whatever happens it's going to be incredibly difficult to please anyone. The original was based on but not faithful to the book, and if King wrote a prequel or sequel which was then adapted to film and faithful to his version it will still feel completely different than Kubrick’s version, on the other hand leave King out stay close to the first movie and it will still be very difficult to pull off without just making a rip-off? As anyone who has read the book will know the Overlook has a huge history full of extremely interesting events that happened prior to the Torrance family instalment (which Jack was going to write a story on in the book) so it could be done but very tricky. Good luck

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