When it was announced that there was a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s classic scary movie The Shining, there was a collective sigh heard around the world.
“REALLY?! We’re gonna go there? A prequel to a classic, without the original creative team or even a book to adapt it from like the original was?”
But then, little by little, the news has become more uplifting. For starters, the film will be directed by Mark Romanek- the man behind uniquely creepy films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go.NowThen we found out that Glen Mazzara was writing it. Mazzara was considered Frank Darabont’s protege and right-hand-man when he created AMC’s The Walking Dead, and he’s the one who was tapped to take over when Darabont exited the series.
Now producer James Vanderbilt is continuing to shed some light on why the Shining prequel is something to anticipate, not dread. For starters, he says the film will stand on its own and not give way to the usual gimmicks of a prequel.
Here’s what he told Collider:
“You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing itâ€¦ Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because itâ€™s not like â€™20 Years Before The Shining!â€™. I donâ€™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, itâ€™s completely itâ€™s own film, which I think is super smart. Itâ€™s not like, â€˜When Scatman Crothers was young, heâ€¦â€™ itâ€™s not that.”
He brought up that Romanek was a “real filmmaker” because the director has notoriously walked away from productions where the studio triedto interfere too much with his vision. Films like The Wolfman and Cinderella, where he had a specific story he wanted to tell and as soon as he was told to start making drastic changes he merrily exited.
Vanderbilt offered more on why he thinks that’s a good thing, and how it makes him the right man to make a film that leads to a film by a visionary like Kubrick:
“One of the things thatâ€™s amazing about [Mark] is that heâ€™s a strong filmmaker with his own convictions, and Mark is gonna make the movie Mark is gonna makeâ€¦ I think thereâ€™s something wonderful about a director who says, â€˜No, this is the film.â€™ Fincher was the same way. Itâ€™s like, â€˜This is the movie I wanna make. If you donâ€™t wanna make that movie, thatâ€™s totally cool, then we wonâ€™t make the movie.â€™ And now as someone whoâ€™s directed a film, thatâ€™s kinda what you want. You want the captain of the ship to be like, â€˜I know what the film is, I know how to make it, letâ€™s go do it.â€™”
Does any of this take the edge off of your skepticism? Are you intrigued to see what these men have cooked up for the film, which will be titled Overlook Hotel? Sound off below!