If you thought it was unnecessary that Stephen King himself was working on a sequel to his novel The Shining, wait until you read about the possibility of a Shining prequel – a prequel to the movie version, that is.
As mentioned in the LA Times, Warner Brothers is looking into the idea of doing a prequel to the famous 1980 horror film The Shining, which was based on King’s book, directed by the great Stanley Kubrick, and starred Jack Nicholson. To help make The Shining prequel move forward, they hired Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley Fischer, and James Vanderbilt as producers.
Before Shining purists go all Jack-Torrance, rest assured that this is a very early stage of the process and nothing is formally in development yet. But it could be.
Laeta Kalogridis has previously written the screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, the Russian film Night Watch, and the James Cameron-directed Battle Angel, which is in pre-production.
As stated earlier, Stephen King has been writing his sequel to The Shining, called Doctor Sleep. The novel centers on a now middle-aged Danny Torrance who must battle against a tribe of deadly paranormal entities known as The True Knot.
Doctor Sleep hits stands on Jan. 15, 2013.