I am all for original storytelling and a great idea. I’ll be honest with you though, a Shining Prequel sounds like a terrible idea. Do we really need to dive into what happened to the Overlook Hotel before Jack got there? Weren’t we given enough story? Regardless of what I think, or anyone else in the world, Warner Brothers has just green-lighted a sequel to the Stanley Kubrick film. Collider.com reported the following:
“It appears that Stephen King’s beloved novel The Shining is all the rage at the moment. King is set to release his sequel novel Doctor Sleep later this fall and the Shining-centric documentary Room 237 recently hit theaters, but now it appears that the story is headed to the big screen once again by way of a prequel.”
The man tapped for prequel duties is none other than former Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara. His work on the series was great. However, with a “Shining” sequel novel (titled “Doctor Sleep”) coming from original author Stephen King, why rush a prequel? Better source material is coming if you want to start the Shining all over again.
What do you think Maniacs? You never know, an Overlook Hotel TV series could be next?