Sadly there are precious few successful Hollywood movies that come out each year that are not a sequel/prequel/remake/spinoff/adaptation/etc. It’s the brand recognition that gets butts in seats, but also what saps the creativity from the big screen. Another film set to join the ranks is a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining called Overlook Hotel. I don’t believe anyone was clamoring for this film to be made and the announcement was met with a sigh from critics and fans alike online. To attempt to bring around the skeptics, producer James Vanderbilt spoke with Collider about what we can expect from the prequel.
“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.”
In addition to be producer by Vanderbilt, Overlook Hotel will be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) from a screenplay by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead). Vanderbilt talks more about why Romanek is the right person for the job.
“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.’”
I can’t begin to speculate what the movie Overlook Hotel can be about apart from a story about one of the previous people who died there or perhaps how it first became haunted. Nothing stated above evokes confidence that this will be anything more than a cash grab due to brand familiarity. Are you excited to see a prequel to The Shining? Did anything stated above by James Vanderbilt make you more eager to see this?