Reading the Screen: The Shining News
Posted by: David Pitt
You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by Glen Mazzara (who, before he was showrunner on The Walking Dead, was an executive producer on The Shield).
According to this story at Empire Magazine’s website, the prequel (which, I’ve read elsewhere, will be called The Overlook Hotel) will explore the history of the Overlook Hotel. I know some people might thrash their arms in fury at the thought of a prequel to King’s novel, but King did establish that the hotel has a long and rather unsettling history, and there are plenty of stories to tell. Mazzara, whose work on The Walking Dead demonstrated that he could balance human drama with horror, is, I think, an excellent choice to write the movie.
And anyway, which would you rather have, a movie prequel, or a literary sequel? King is writing the book, which will be set years after the events of The Shining, and will focus on Danny, Jack Torrance’s son, who’s all grown up now. It’s called Doctor Sleep. For some reason I’m less excited about this than I am about the filmic prequel, but I can’t quite figure out why.
What do you think? Which of those options makes you more excited? And why?