Rumour mill for the Shining…

Rumour mill for the Shining…

Directed by Stanley Kubrick ‘The Shining’ was released in 1980, starring Jack Nicholson the film is based on a Stephen King novel and was released to initially mixed reviews though has since grown to be what is considered a classic in the horror genre. The film contains sequences that have been parodied numerous times since release.

It is now rumoured that a prequel to ‘The Shining’ could be in the works. Reports have emerged indicating the Warner Bros. are looking at the possibility of a prequel to the original film, one that would see a return to the Overlook Hotel.

Supposedly a new film would focus on events at the hotel before Jack Torrance’s arrival with his family and subsequent descent into insanity. Obviously the original film had plot elements leading back prior to Jack’s arrival with the history of a previous caretaker losing his mind being mentioned in the original, but is this something the audience wants or needs to be elaborated upon?

Is the more likely outcome of such a project going to be something that surpasses the original or falls short? The recent trend is most certainly to revisit older franchises and explore their roots, we’ve seen this earlier this year with ‘Prometheus’ and we’ll be seeing it again soon enough with the sequel for ‘Blade Runner’ on the way.

Given the popularity of ‘The Shining’, any new film that is connected will no doubt bring along an existing fan base and a guaranteed level of revenue, making this for a tempting project at Warner Bros. no doubt. However to deliver something that will at least maintain the spirit of the original film will require some creative talent and interesting ideas indeed.

Let us know what you think about the idea of a prequel to the Kubrick/Nicholson classic, is it something you’d like to see or something that makes your bones shiver in terror?

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.