The Warner Bros. project was first announced back in July 2012 by The Los Angeles Times. At the time, it was said that “The Overlook Hotel” would focus on events that take place before Jack Torrance and his family arrive at the titular location. Deadline broke the news that Mazzara would be involved, though the site doesn’t confirm that the premise of the movie has remained the same.
“The Shining” author Stephen King wrote a sequel novel called “Doctor Sleep,” and he said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that he’s not especially happy with the idea of Hollywood tackling a prequel story potentially based on material initially cut from “The Shining.”
“There’s a real question about whether or not they have the rights to ‘Before the Play,’ which was the prologue cut from the book — because the epilogue to the book was called ‘After the Play.’ So they were bookends, and there was really scary stuff in that prologue that wouldn’t make a bad movie,” King said. “Am I eager to see that happen? No I am not.”
He continued, “There’s some real question about what rights Warner Bros. does still have. ‘The Shining’ is such an old book now that the copyright comes back to me. Arguably, the film rights lapse — so we’ll see. We’re looking into that. I’m not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I’m sort of a nice guy. When I was a kid, my mother said, ‘Stephen if you were a girl, you’d always be pregnant.’ I have a tendency to let people develop things. I’m always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn’t happen.”