Casting Call: Overlook Hotel

Published April 26, 2013

In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

After watching the credits roll on Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, The Shining, we wanted to know more. What of that eerie picture in the last scene, zooming in to reveal Jack Torrance in another time? What ghosts drove former Overlook caretaker Delbert Grady mad enough to kill his wife and (creepy-looking) twin girls? Who is the woman in Room 237? Fans of Kubrick’s version finally may have some of their questions answered. According to Deadline, screenwriter Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) will work with Warner Bros to pen a prequel from material in Stephen King’s original novel.

The direction for the film’s plot is still up in the air; King’s Overlook Hotel has a long, sordid history filled with gruesome incidents and distinct subplots. King isn’t happy about the concept of a prequel, telling EW that such an endeavor might have Warner Bros dipping into his unused Shining prologue, Before the Play, without the proper rights. We’re not sure how we feel about all of these classic movie prequels, but if it has to happen, we’d like to have a say in the cast.

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