Mark Romanek to Direct THE SHINING Prequel OVERLOOK HOTEL


Warner Bros. is moving forward with a prequel to The Shining that Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuaron was eyed as director. The film will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel, the Stephen King’s prologue to “The Shinin” (which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977) and an ex-showrunner from The Walking Dead, Glen Mazzara recently turned in his draft for it.

Now it appears that Mark Romanek is in talks to direct The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel for the studio.

Alrighty then. One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go filmmaker is one of those directors who showing promise, but rarely delivering on it.

Romanek is more famous for dropping out of projects than making them. He abandoned The Wolfman and recently dropped out of Disney’s Cinderella so I already see the future entry:

“In July 2014, it was announced that Mark Romanek was slated to direct, aiming for an early 2016 release, but left during pre-production due to creative differences.”

I must frankly confess that seeing Overlook Hotel get to release with Romanek as director would be surprising.

The film will reportedly tell the origin story:

through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home.

I’m probably not gonna watch this movie. The Shining is the last film I’ve watched where I was genuinely scared and part of that was because of the unknown elements about the hotel.