Warner Secretly Developing a ‘Shining’ Prequel?
Indeed, Warner Bros may be quietly exploring a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining (The Shining 2: Shine Harder?). Nothing is set in stone yet, it’s not even classified as “in development,” but the studio has hired writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar) and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to explore potential ideas for the prequel (although nobody involved is authorized to speak publicly yet).
One thing’s for sure, Kubrick definitely won’t be returning, and Jack Nicholson is probably a little too old to star in a prequel, so this new movie may not have quite as much magic as the original. It will be a hard move for Warner to pull off, clearly, but if done right the studio can avoid alienating fans of Kubrick’s original, and simply add another (less dazzling) chapter to the creepy and mysterious Shining universe.
Speaking of chapters, Stephen King himself is in the process of penning a sequel to his original Shining novel, to be titled Dr. Sleep, meaning there is now a novel-sequel and a movie-prequel in development. Once movie rights to Dr. Sleep are handled (naturally), it will be a race to theaters for the two stories, where I’m sure only one can win.
Editor’s Note: One can only imagine the sanctity of Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining as cinema-blasphemy. We keep Kubrick’s film in high regards and although the story ultimately belongs to Stephen King, who is writing a Shining-sequel titled Dr. Sleep, he’s also an author we have the highest regards. But, when the “prequel” doesn’t involve neither we can only worry. One of the glorious things about “haunted houses” is not explicitly knowing the origins. That in particular is of debate since The Shining is truly about Jack Torrance descent into madness. Will lightning strike twice?