Overlook Hotel producer says Shining prequel is 'completely its own film'

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Oct 8, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT (Updated)

We can’t seem to leave good franchises alone these days, and there’ve been rumblings about a new Shining project for a while. Now we finally have some fresh details.

James Vanderbilt, who is producing the proposed Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, chatted with Collider about what fans might expect from the upcoming film. Vanderbilt touted director Mark Romanek’s (Never Let Me Go) vision for the project and teased that it will stand on its own, separate from Stanley Kubrick’s iconic adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel.

Vanderbilt’s comments are light on details, but it seems we’ll essentially be getting a horror tale set in the same creepy hotel as Kubrick’s film — a fresh story for the familiar setting. Considering how hard it would be to try and make a direct prequel to the original, that seems like the smartest direction to take it. You still get the buzz from the Shining connection, but it gives the creative team enough room to create their own vision.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below: 

“You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’. I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘When Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that.

One of the things that’s amazing about [Mark] is that he’s a strong filmmaker with his own convictions, and Mark is gonna make the movie Mark is gonna make… I think there’s something wonderful about a director who says, ‘No, this is the film.’ Fincher was the same way. It’s like, ‘This is the movie I wanna make. If you don’t wanna make that movie, that’s totally cool, then we won’t make the movie.’ And now as someone who’s directed a film, that’s kinda what you want. You want the captain of the ship to be like, ‘I know what the film is, I know how to make it, let’s go do it.’”

What do you want from a Shining prequel? Or do you want one at all?

(Via Collider)