A big-screen prequel to Stephen King’s novel The Shining is currently in pre-production and Glen Mazzara, The Walking Dead’s former showrunner, has been tapped to write it.
The Overlook Hotel, to give the film its proper title, was first announced last summer when it was announced that producers Laeta Kalogridis, James Vanderbilt and Bradley Fischer were developing a story to turn into a feature film.
That process is now at an end, as Deadline reports that Mazzara has been commissioned to pen the screenplay.
There are currently no further details about the film available, but it’s likely that The Overlook Hotel will explore the ghostly goings-on at the building in the years before Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrence took up residence as its caretaker.
Given that The Shining was adapted for the silver screen by master director Stanley Kubrick and remains so popular that a 100-minute long documentary about the film, Room 237, was released in cinemas last October, The Overlook Hotel’s going to have quite a lot to live up to.
Intriguingly, Stephen King has recently completed work on his sequel novel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, which focuses on the adult Danny Torrence and will be published in September.
All in all, it’s an interesting time to be a fan of The Shining…