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'Never Let Me Go' Filmmaker In Talks To Direct The 'The Shining' Prequel

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It looks like we're getting closer and closer to feasting our eyes on Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining. Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is in talks to direct this horror flick.

Former Walking Dead showrunner, Glenn Mazzara, recently completed writing the screenplay for Overlook Hotel. And the Warner Bros. film will be headed by a talented group of producers: Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Bradley Fischer (Black Swan), and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac)

Variety reported some juicy tidbits about the plot of the prequel, which has been kept hush hush:

Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to “The Shining”, which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977, the film will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel 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.
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Rumors surfaced in May that Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron was eyed as director for this prequel; however, he's also rumored to be tapped for the upcoming Harry Potter-world flick, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and this possibly would cause some conflicts with Overlook Hotel.

To tide you over until Overlook Hotel is released, you could check out Dr. Sleep, a sequel to Stephen King's The Shining, which he published in 2013. The plot of the original film follows a writer (portrayed by Jack Nicholson) who brings his wife and son, Danny, to the isolated Overlook Hotel over the winter, and a series of horrific events follow. Dr. Sleep follows Danny when he's a middle-aged adult still dealing with paranormal activity.

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