Is Alfonso Cuarón Going to Direct a ‘Shining’ Prequel?

By May 23, 2014

Who wants to check back into the Overlook Hotel? Perhaps for a little Memorial Day getaway?

Back in April of last year, Deadline reported that former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara was on deck to write a new prequel to the Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, but we haven’t heard much about the project in the year since — but that’s changing, and perhaps in a very big way.

Over at SchmoesKnow, the Schmoes (is it okay to call them the Schmoes?) share that Alfonso Cuarón has been offered directing duties on the feature, apparently now known as The Overlook Hotel. It’s actually a bit more convoluted than that, as the Schmoes also share that the director has really been “offered the exclusive right to say yes or no to direct” the project, which is kind of a strange way to say that he’s the top pick for the gig, but Warner Bros. doesn’t want sound too desperate. It’s like a prom-posal!

But wait! It’s still more complicated than that! Borys Kit over at The Hollywood Reporter has contributed his own caveat to the news, tweeting: “Glen Mazzara’s dealmaking for the Shining prequel is in sensitive territory so there’s a chance it may not make.”

So, Cuarón has the ability to pass on a project that may or may not actually happen. Super!

The Shining

Cuarón might also be looking at yet another prequel/spin-off gig, as earlier this week we learned that Warner Bros. was looking to the director to helm another one of their upcoming projects — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There’s no word on how this maybe/kinda/sorta Overlook Hotel news could impact that possible gig.

And, also, let’s be honest with ourselves here — do we really want to see Cuarón, high on the success of Gravity, turning to helping prequels to extremely well-established films? Don’t we want something just a bit better for him?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.