Mark Romanek to Direct ‘The Shining’ Prequel ‘Overlook Hotel’

By July 18, 2014

A couple of months ago, word was going around that Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron could direct Overlook Hotel, Warner Bros.’ prequel to The Shining. Cuaron ended up turning the project down, but now Variety reports that the studio has hired a director to tackle the prequel to one of the most iconic horror films of all time: Mark Romanek.

Romanek strikes me as a super thoughtful filmmaker who really takes time to compose and orchestrate his shots, and he’s one of the few guys I can think of that might be able to create a movie as beautiful and filled with dread as Kubrick’s classic. His Never Let Me Go is a gorgeous, thoughtful movie, and since he’ll be directing from a script by former “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazarra, Overlook Hotel has a shot at actually being a solid movie instead of just a blatant cash grab.

The Overlook Hotel

The “original story” will be based on Stephen King’s prologue to “The Shining,” which was cut from the book before it hit shelves back in 1977. The movie 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.” We’re guessing he’ll begin to go a little nuts before things are all said and done.

What do you think about Romanek directing a Shining prequel?

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  • First it was Glenn Mazzara that was doing this. I don’t care who does it. I just don’t want it to tarnish the film like that 90s mini-series.