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Written and directed by Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson’s is one of the great singular visions of the cinema. Like Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, Bresson’s output was relatively minimal — 13 features over the course of 40 years — but it is likewise instantly recognizable. Though it’s something of an auteurist cliché to say that one can identify a given director’s work by just a single scene or even a single frame, in this case, the declaration holds true. Bresson’s work is so distinct, so deceptively simple, so regimented in its formal construction, that to see one of his films is to witness an exceptional directorial style, one consistently employed throughout an artist’s body of work. With this consistency comes the subsequent creation of one extraordinary film after another, each similar to the previous, with reoccurring imagery, themes, and performances, but each, at the same time, »
- Jeremy Carr
Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).
The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.
A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 14, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings, »
- Steve Chagollan
In an episode of The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom lampooning modern “geek” culture with varying degrees of success), physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper refuses to watch the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series before the Clone Wars movie. He explains, “I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” Though likely unintentional, this offhanded remark reveals the central dilemma of the Star Wars fandom. Does the franchise “belong” to Lucas or does it “belong” to the public, as an artifact of cultural history? With the 2011 release of the 6-part Star Wars saga on Blu-ray came the announcement that the version of the trilogy available in the set would not be from the original theatrical prints, but the 1997 “Special Edition” versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which include additional scenes and updated technology. Many fans of the franchise see »
- Mallory Andrews
It was bound to happen sooner or later.
Former “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote the draft for the original story.
According to Variety, the premise of the origin story will be through the perspective of the hotel’s very first owner, Bob T. Watson. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Watson climbed the remote mountains of the Colorado Rockies to build the grand resort Overlook Hotel and to later call home for his family. It was the original prologue to Stephen King’s “The Shining,” but it was cut from the book before its publication in 1977.
King penned “Dr. Sleep” in 2013, which is the sequel to “The Shining.” Warner Brothers also wants to make that into a film.
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- Gig Patta
Mark Romanek, the director of "One Hour Photo" and "Never Let Me Go," is in negotiations with Warner Bros to direct "Overlook Hotel," which is a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" movie and is based on Stephen King's original prologue to "The Shining" book which was cut prior to publication in 1977. The film will tell the origin story of the haunted hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century. Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home. Former "Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote the script. »
With conspiracy theorists and devotees to the history and mysteries within room 237 making virtually nothing about The Shining a secret anymore, you would think that the existence of a prequel detailing the origins of the world’s worst winter getaway would be deemed unnecessary. And yet, Overlook Hotel, the companion film to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 classic, is moving forward with Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go; One Hour Photo) at the helm, according to Variety. Know any terrifying little twin sisters in need of their very first SAG cards? The premise for the prequel does seem intriguing. The film, scripted by former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, will be based on the original prologue to Stephen King’s 1977 novel, which was cut before the book went to production. But how did Mazzara get the unpublished prologue? Was it sent to him by hotel ghosts? Oh, Stephen King probably published it later? No »
- Samantha Wilson
This prequel will focus on the original owner of the cursed Overlook Hotel at the turn of the 20th century.
Robber baron Bob T Watson builds the mountain resort in the Colorado Rockies for his family, but a dark fate awaits those who come to the Overlook Hotel.
King expressed reservations about The Overlook Hotel being produced in 2013, but suggested that he would not put a stop to the project.
The author has famously been critical of Kubrick's version of The Shining over the years. »
Mark Romanek has entered negotiations to direct The Shining prequel The Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros. We reported in May that Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was the studio's top choice to direct The Overlook Hotel, but it seems a deal was never reached.
The Overlook Hotel is based on the original prologue that Stephen King wrote for The Shining novel, which was cut before the book was published in 1977. The prologue tells the origin story of The Overlook Hotel and its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a "robber baron" at the start of the 20th Century who set out to build the greatest resort in America, nestled within the Colorado Rockies, where he and his family also lived.
If you stay at this hotel, don’t book room 237. The Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film The Shining, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, contains gruesome scenery inside its walls that overshadows its gorgeous view of the Colorado Rockies. It was previously revealed that former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara was writing a script for a prequel to The Shining titled, Overlook Hotel, for Warner Bros. and now a director has been chosen.
Variety reports that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Locke & Key 2011 TV pilot) is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct Overlook Hotel. Glen Mazzara recently submitted a completed draft for the prequel project that’s an adaptation of Stephen King’s originally unpublished prologue to his 1977 novel. Mythology’s Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and Laeta Kalogridis are producing. Here’s the prologue’s synopsis, courtesy of Variety:
- Derek Anderson
No stranger to leaving big studio projects in his rear-view, director Mark Romanek is in talks to take on what is definitely the biggest movie of his career: Warner Bros.. Overlook Hotel, the prequel to Stanley Kubrick.s classic The Shining. It.s an interesting fit, but I won.t be holding my breath at my typewriter waiting on him to actually make the movie. "But wait," you might be saying if you.ve paid attention to Overlook Hotel.s brief history, "I thought Gravity.s Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to direct it." Well, the Academy Award-winning director passed on it, which is bad for this movie, but probably good for Cuarón.s career in general. Plus, it could give Romanek, who is currently at the "in talks" phase of signing on, a chance to become a household name rather than a filmmaker that people have to look »
Variety reports that Warner Bros. has tapped Mark Romanek to helm their prequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," entitled “Overlook Hotel.” Given the namesake, that's quite a leap of faith. Screenwriter Glenn Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”), who has finished a draft, takes the prologue Stephen King -- who aggressively hates Kubrick's mesmerizing 1980 "adaptation" -- cut from his original 1977 novel and fleshes it out to feature-length form. The project looks to be a quasi-horror period piece focused on the origins of the maddening, maze-like Overlook through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. Watson isn't an alcoholic writer like Jack Torrance, but, rather, a turn-of-the-century robber baron who aspires to start his own legitimate business. Thus, constructs a hotel right in the Rockies -- and, ominously, atop Native American burial grounds (a favorite rabbit hole of true "Shining" obsessives as seen in Rodney »
- Ryan Lattanzio and Nick Newman
Couple deals making at Warner Bros. Our sister publication Variety reports that Mark Romanek will direct Overlook Hotel, a Glen Mazzara-scripted prequel to Stephen King’s 1977 book The Shining, about the early days of the Overlook Hotel, glimpsed in the final scenes of the Stanley Kubrick-directed movie. Boy, these are big shoes to fill, including author and director. King didn’t much like Kubrick’s original take on his great novel, but even though it’s much different from King’s classic fiction, there must be a dozen unforgettable visual sequences in that movie–from the kid pedaling the big wheel on the wood, then […] »
After getting involved and falling away from various studio projects like Disney's new Cinderella, Universal's The Wolfman, and an adaptation of Dan Brown's The Last Symbol, director Mark Romanek is going to try his hand at another big studio film. Variety reports the Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo director is in talks to be at the helm of The Overlook Hotel, the prequel to The Shining being set up at Warner Bros. With a script from "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara, and a classic predecessor from Stanley Kubrick, this is a hot commodity, but there's no telling whether Romanek will stick with it. Alfonso Cuaron was supposedly up for the gig, but he passed. However, with this new report comes plot details. For those who don't know there was a prologue to Stephen King's original novel that was cut from the book before it »
- Ethan Anderton
Mark Romanek is in talks to direct The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros. According to Variety, former The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara recently turned in his draft for the original story. The script is based on Stephen King's prologue to the novel, which was cut from the book prior to publication. The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century, and focuses on the hotel's first owner, robber baron Bob T. Watson. Watson and his family scaled Colorado Rockies to build the grand resort, a place they could also call home. Things presumably went downhill from there. Hit the jump for more. In case you're unfamiliar with The Shining, it centers on a struggling writer and his family who come to look after the hotel during the off-season, and the Overlook's evil presence causes him to go insane and violently attack his wife and psychic son. »
- Matt Goldberg
Despite being quite different in places to the Stephen King novel on which is was based, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is still rightly considered one of the greatest movie’s ever made. It has also since been dissected and studied over and over again, something which helps to make it easy to watch and enjoy multiple times.
Rather than risk the backlash which would come from a remake, Warner Bros. recently decided to move ahead on a prequel called Overlook Hotel. Former showrunner on The Walking Dead Glenn Mazzar recently turned in the script, while Mythology’s James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis are producing.
Never Let Me Go helmer Mark Romanek is now in talks to direct the movie, and it sounds as if he’s a lock to take on the project. The prequel which will be based on King’s original prologue to the book version of The Shining. »
- Josh Wilding
After landing The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara to pen the script, The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel has taken another big step forward with news that Mark Romanek is in negotiations to helm the film.
Romanek, known for his music videos for bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer, broke into feature filmmaking in 2010 with Never Let Me Go (though he also directed 2002′s One Hour Photo before most of his music video work). After following up Never Let Me Go with the TV movie Locke & Key, he became increasingly in demand in Hollywood and is rumored to be directing Dan Brown adaptation The Lost Symbol. Romanek also has episodes of ABC’s The Whispers premiering sometime next year.
- Isaac Feldberg
Mark Romanek, who directed One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a prequel to The Shining. Overlook Hotel will tell the story of the original owner of the cursed Rocky Mountain hotel, which was the setting for Stephen King’s novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie with Jack Nicholson.
The script, written by Glenn Mazzara (The Walking Dead), is based on a prologue to The Shining that King wrote but which was excised prior to publication back in 1977. It was published in Whispers magazine five years later as “Before the Play. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Mark Romanek is set to direct Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining which will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home. amz asin="B00A6CCF0K" size="small"The Shining was obviously based on the novel by Stephen King, which starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, caretaker of the Overlook Hotel for the winter. His son, Danny (Danny Lloyd) had psychic powers and when brought together with the evil and spiritual presence at the hotel Jack turned to violence while Danny continued to see horrific forebodings from the past and future of the hotel. King has since written a sequel, »
- Brad Brevet
Mark Romanek is checking into the Overlook Hotel. The director is in negotiations to direct the prequel to The Shining for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The Shining was one of Stephen King's early horror works and was adapted into the classic Stanley Kubrick movie, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Overlook is based on King's original prologue to The Shining, which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977. Photos 15 Horror Movies That Offered the Most Bang for the Buck The film will tell the origin story of the haunted
- Borys Kit
Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to “The Shining,” which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977, the film will tell the origin story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home
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Starring Jack Nicholson, the original “Shining” revolved around a writer who takes his family to an isolated hotel for the winter where »
- Justin Kroll
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