New details of ‘The Shining’ prequel revealed

Film will be called 'The Overlook Hotel' and 'The Walking Dead''s Glen Mazzara confirmed as writer

The initial details of the planned prequel to iconic horror movie The Shining have been revealed.

Total Film say that the project, which is being developed by Warner Bros, has been given the official title – The Overlook Hotel, while Glen Mazzara has reportedly been asked to write a first draft of the screenplay. Mazzara previously served as the showrunner of The Walking Dead, but has now left the US zombie TV show following the conclusion of its third season.

It was first reported in July of last year that the possibilities of a prequel to The Shining were being discussed, with early plans suggesting that it 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.

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. It is set to be published in September of this year.