‘The Shining’ Prequel To Be Written By Former ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner

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Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has been tapped to write the prequel to The Shining.

Warner Bros. is looking to capitalize on the sudden resurgence of movie by putting together a prequel to the film. The Overlook Hotel will reportedly take place before the events which transpired in Stephen King’s classic story.

Mythology Entertainment’s Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and Laeta Kalogridis will produce the Shining prequel while Mazzara will handle tackle scripting duties. It’s unclear who will step behind the camera for the prequel.

Although many believe that the deal between the studio and the former Walking Dead showrunner has been inked, a writer for The Hollywood Reporter suggested that negotiations are still ongoing. In other words, there’s a possibility the project may not come together.

“Glen Mazzara’s dealmaking for the ‘Shining’ prequel is in sensitive territory so there’s a chance it may not make,” the writer explained.

The Overlook Hotel isn’t the only continuation of the Shining storyline currently in the works. Stephen King is preparing to unleash his sequel Doctor Sleep onto bookshelves later this year. The book will be released on September 24. If you want to make sure you get your copy when it hits shelves, then you can pre-order it now.

Amazon describes the book as follows:

“Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan Torrance has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant ‘shining’ power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep.'”

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining was recently the subject of a documentary entitled Room 237. The film explores the many conspiracy theories that are associated with the director’s acclaimed horror movie.

Are you a fan of the The Shining? What do you think about Glen Mazzara tackling scripting duties on the proposed prequel The Overlook Hotel?