Deadline reported today that Glen Mazzara, the former show runner of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” is in talks to write the script for The Overlook Hotel. The film will serve as a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of The Shining. Kubrick famously adapted the Steven King novel in 1980 starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. The project for the prequel was first announced in 2012 by Warner Bros.
The official plot of the prequel has not been released but the rumor is that it would focus on the character of Delbert Grady, played by Philip Stone in the 1980 film, who served as the caretaker of the hotel prior to Nicholson’s Jack Torrance. It is also believed that the prequel will explain, at least a bit, how and why the hotel became “haunted.”
The novel, “The Shining” was released in 1977 and follows Jack Torrence as he begins his new off-season care taking job at The Overlook Hotel. Torrence sees this job as a fresh start and hopes he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
The Overlook Hotel is being developed by Warner Bros. and is set to be produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis. There is no word yet on who is expected to star in the prequel film or it’s projected release date.