It may be close to impossible to improve the original film ‘The Shining’ starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, but the thought of a prequel may arouse some interest among horror fans.
There have been talks about Warner Bros producing a prequel film based on the Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaption for a while now, but new talks with Walking Dead writer Glen Mazzara have revamped suspicions. There is still no official word if Warner Bros. would be able to acquire the rights for a new film, though there wealth and media power will surely help the scenario.
At the core of this issue, is a portion of the movie that didn’t make it to the final-film. That portion is the early history of the Overlook Hotel which is brought up in the movie. It is common for any movie to have content that hits the cutting room floor, but in almost all cases, that content is still owned by the studio. Even though those scenes may be owned by Warner Bros. it’s most likely locked in a behind-the-scenes battle at the moment, with no one giving a clear answer of ownership to the press.
As for ‘Walking Dead’ writer Mazzara (who became the writer after Frank Darabont departed) he announced that he will not be returning for a fourth season. Much to the heartbreak of Walking Dead fans. Right now it seems that Warner Bros. is indeed interested in the rival (and has been for sometime now) and Mazzara would certainly bring a large fan base and a certain tone to the script. Deadline first broke the news of the talks earlier this evening. We will have to see if everything shapes up for the Overlook hotel in the future.