Don’t let this headline get you too excited (or upset), depending on your personal loyalty to Stanley Kubrick’s original. The Los Angeles Times reports that “Warner Bros. is quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel to The Shining.”
The studio has called in writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis with her fellow partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to produce the possible prequel to Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic. Whatever your disposition to Warner Bros. potential plans, Kalogridis has the chops to make the project successful as she’s written Scorsese’s Shutter Island and was an executive producer on James Cameron’s Avatar.
Warner’s possible project is unlikely to receive support from Stephen King, the author of the original 1977 novel. The 64-year-old author is currently penning his own sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep. There’s no news on whether this novel will receive a film adaptation, but if King’s several dozen other film adaptations are any indicator, our money is on “yes.”
You can listen to the opening pages, as read by King himself, below.