‘The Shining’ spin-off series ‘Overlook’ dropped by HBO Max

The platform reportedly believed that the project was not a good fit

Overlook, the series inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, will not be moving forward with HBO Max.

The drama series came from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, and would feature iconic characters from King’s The Shining. It would also explore the untold stories of its famous setting, the Overlook Hotel.

The show was commissioned by HBO Max as part of Bad Robot’s 2019 slate. However according to Deadline, the streaming platform felt it was not a fit for them at this time. The show is now being shopped around to other platforms.

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The news comes after HBO Max recently cancelled Lovecraft Country, another Bad Robot production, after one season.

“We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey,” the company told Deadline.

The series has since received 18 Emmy nominations.

Stephen King
Stephen King – Credit: Getty

Earlier this year, another King adaptation Lisey’s Story debuted via Apple TV+.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, King said of the series: “I wanted to say something about marriage, about long marriage, and about celebrity and about the side of lives that are public and the sides of lives that are private – and the door between those two worlds.”

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King would later confirm that the series was inspired by a “near death” experience.

The author revealed that he came close to dying from a serious case of pneumonia after he was hospitalised in 2003.

“When I came home from the hospital, my wife had cleaned out my study and I thought to myself, ‘I’ve died, I’m a ghost,’” he said. “The idea for Lisey’s Story came from that.”

Elsewhere on HBO Max, The Suicide Squad‘s director James Gunn has revealed new details about the film’s upcoming spin-off series.

The eight-part series, which follows John Cena’s character Peacemaker, will stream on the platform in January 2022.

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