The only thing worse than a sequel is a prequel and Warner Brother’s is thinking about making an origin story for the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic, The Shining, based off of Stephen King’s book of the same name–because audiences really need things thoroughly explained to them NOW. We’re not that stupid Warner Brother’s; I’m pretty sure we got it the first time and either loved it or hated it.
According to the LA Times, a source revealed, “Warner Bros. is quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel to “The Shining,” the 1980 Stanley Kubrick chillfest that many fans regard as the scariest movie of all time. The studio has solicited the involvement of Hollywood writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to craft a new take as producers, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly… “
The article went on to say that a prequel would involve what happened at the Overlook Hotel before the Torrance Family arrived and madness ensued. Huh? I’m pretty sure The Shining explained what happened–the previous caretaker went nuts, just like Jack, and murdered his family. End of story.
I am a little mixed on this one because The Shining is one of my favorite horror movies (next to Dawn of the Dead) and it would break my heart to see another adaptation get made, especially if done poorly. I’ve heard a lot of criticism from moviegoers insisting that Kubrick ruined King’s original story and I completely disagree; he made it better and made the characters, especially Jack Torrance, alive and way more likeable, despite the situation.
I don’t find a prequel necessary because the atmosphere created in the original film was so intense and terrifying because of what we didn’t know. What we were given, which was a decent amount of backstory–enough to keep you in the know–pretty much explained the story enough to where we don’t need an entire film based on previous events.
However, if the film does find an interesting story and praiseworthy director, it may turn out fine. Most likely not though. It’s too near and dear to my heart as well as many others to have it messed with. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Please let it be, Warner Brothers.
What do you think about a prequel to The Shining?