Never content to leave a classic well enough alone, Warner Bros. has hired ousted Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara to write a prequel to The Shining. But they apparently forgot to get the blessing of Stephen King, who hopes the project dies in development hell.
Confusingly, the studio is developing a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic, based on King’s novel of the same name. But King apparently has no input on the project, and is actually prepping a new novel set after the events of The Shining, dubbed Doctor Sleep.
Mazzara's script will apparently be based on a prologue that was nixed from King’s original novel, which was apparently a pretty creepy bit of literature. Entertainment Weekly caught up with King to ask him about the new film project, and he said he’s not even sure the studio actually has the rights to do it.
He also said he’d be happy if it never saw the light of day:
“There’s a real question about whether or not they have the rights to ‘Before the Play,’ which was the prologue cut from the book — because the epilogue to the book was called ‘After the Play.’ So they were bookends, and there was really scary stuff in that prologue that wouldn’t make a bad movie. Am I eager to see that happen? No I am not. And there’s some real question about what rights Warner Bros. does still have. The Shining is such an old book now that the copyright comes back to me. Arguably, the film rights lapse — so we’ll see. We’re looking into that.
I’m not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I’m sort of a nice guy. When I was a kid, my mother said, ‘Stephen if you were a girl, you’d always be pregnant.’ I have a tendency to let people develop things. I’m always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn’t happen.”
Considering that King is such a legend in the lit world, it’s strange the studio would want to move forward without his involvement. Hiring Mazzara seems like a good move, but it’ll still be hard for fans to accept a prequel without King’s approval.
Would you want to see a Shining prequel created without King’s input?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)