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'The Shining' prequel in the works?

Warner Bros is 'quietly exploring' a possible prequel to the 1980 horror classic

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Iconic horror movie The Shining could be about to inspire a new movie.

According to the LA Times, Warner Bros is "quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel" to the 1980 film, which starred Jack Nicholson as crazed villain Jack Torrance. The studio is said to have recruited writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis, who has credits on Shutter Island and Avatar, to look into the project's viability.

The prequel would centre on events leading up to the arrival of Jack Torrance, his wife and his psychic five-year-old son at the haunted hotel that eventually sends him into madness. However, an anonymous studio source told the newspaper that the project is "at a very early stage and not even formally in development".

The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King, was released in 1980 to mixed reviews – it became the only one of director Stanley Kubrick's nine films to receive no nominations from either the Oscars or the Golden Globes. However, the film's reputation has built over the years and it is now acknowledged as a horror classic.

King's novel was later adapted into a 1997 TV mini-series, also called The Shining. King is currently writing a sequel to his original novel called Doctor Sleep, which will focus on Jack Torrance's son, Danny, now a 40-year-old man working at a hospice in upstate New York.

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