Stephen King Not Particularly Thrilled About ‘The Shining’ Prequel

Stephen King doesn’t seem all that excited or particularly pleased about Glen Mazzara’s attempts to come up with a prequel to The Shining. The horror novelist spoke about the prospects of this new film and seemed to walk gingerly around the subject of whether he approved.

King might not be particularly happy that a prequel is in the works, simply because he has just penned a sequel to the novel.

It’s also well known that the author wasn’t a huge fan of the cult classic 1970’s movie because it strayed quite far from the content of the book.

Stephen King spoke of his feelings about the movie and while he said he wouldn’t go out of his way to kill it, it certainly doesn’t seem like he is going to be giving it his stamp of approval either.

King said that “I have a tendency to let people develop things. I’m always curious to see what will happen.” He added that he would be just as happy if it didn’t happen.

The author also said he wasn’t sure that Warner Bros. had the rights needed to make the sequel which will apparently be titled The Overlook Hotel.

The Overlook is where the events in The Shining take place in both the movie and book. Depending on which version of the story you have read or seen, the hotel is in a remote mountainside and is besieged by ghosts, or simply an alcoholic with a temper problem who can’t stand the solitude.

For its part, Warner Bros. does believe that it has the rights to make the prequel and apparently has every intention of moving forward with the project even if it turns out Mazzarra isn’t a part of the movie.

Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining titled Dr. Sleep is expected to hit shelves this September.

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