Director James Vanderbilt spoke with Collider recently about producing the upcoming prequel to The Shining, currently titled Overlook Hotel. The film will be directed by One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek and will be written by former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. “You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’” said Vanderbilt. He stressed the independence of the film from its 1980 counterpart, and went on to say, “I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way Glen cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely its own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘When Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that.”
The film, which will be based on Stephen King’s original prologue to The Shining, “will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home,” according to Vanderbilt. This prologue was cut from the novel before its 1977 publication.
Vanderbilt appears to have a lot of faith in the film, but there is not enough information for people to rally behind him, and the producer’s words may very well be wishful thinking. A production timeline and details on a cast have not yet been released, but are expected in the near future.