Mark Romanek, the director of One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, may be directing a prequel to The Shining. Variety is reporting that Romanek is currently undergoing negotiations to direct with Warner Bros. Glen Mazzara, known for his stint as showrunner on AMC’s The Walking Dead, has penned the draft screenplay.
Mazzara’s script is an adaptation of Stephen King’s original prologue to his novel The Shining, a prologue that was cut from the book prior to publication. The movie will tell the origin story of Bob T. Watson, a 20th century robber baron who scaled the peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, a place he and his family would call home.
For those somehow unaware, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film told the story of a family staying in an isolated hotel for the winter. While Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance attempts to finish his writing project, an evil and spiritual presence slowly begins to influence him into violence.
This project has been on studios’ to-do lists for some time, but they’ve been understandably worried about taking on a project so closely related to a much-loved masterpiece. We’re a little apprehensive too, but more than willing to see the source material done justice. Assuming The Shining prequel goes ahead and makes a killing, we may also be seeing an adaptation to Stephen King’s sequel, Dr. Sleep, which was published last year.