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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.
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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- Steve Barton
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Mazzara recently submitted a completed draft for the prequel project that’s an adaptation of Stephen King’s originally unpublished prologue to his 1977 novel.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
Based on the original prologue that 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.
Watson was a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century who scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America.
Whether Romanek will be the helmer by the time this gets going is a good question, the filmmaker has encountered some bad luck over the past decade. Three book to film adaptations he »
- Garth Franklin
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
The Overlook Hotel - a prequel to The Shining - is still open for business. Variety reports Mark Romanek is in the running to helm the film for Variety. The project's origins began in 2012, when the L.A. Times reported Warner Bros. was working with writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar) and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt on the prequel. Those three are still involved, however, Glenn Mazzara - former showrunner of The Walking Dead and showrunner of the upcoming Damien series - has penned an original script.
The post Mark Romanek to Direct Prequel to The Shining, Plot Details Revealed appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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
For twenty-four years, Dan Rather was the face of CBS News. During that time, he broke countless stories and reported on hundreds of world-changing events. Unfortunately, his career is remembered in some circles for only one: The Killian Documents Controversy. The broadcast was a complete fiasco, and now, it.s getting its own movie. According to Deadline, the film will be entitled Truth. More importantly, it will star industry legend Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his doomed producer Mary Mapes. It.ll be helmed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who will make his directorial debut. He wrote The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down. Perhaps more importantly, he.s a descendent of railroad pioneer and visionary Cornelius Vanderbilt and a relative of The Silver Fox, Anderson Cooper. It.s unclear exactly how wide the scope of Truth might have, but it will focus primarily on the lead-up »
In the perfect marriage of politics and Hollywood casting, Robert Redford might portray Dan Rather in a dramatic thriller about the 2004 60 Minutes II investigation into whether or not President George W. Bush received preferential treatment to avoid Vietnam service in 1968. Cate Blanchett is also in talks to play Mary Mapes, the CBS producer who worked on the controversial story and is the central figure in the proposed film, which still lacks financing. Her 2005 book, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power, is the basis for the movie, which will be directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt »
- Jeff Labrecque
Robert Redford has signed on to play news broadcaster and journalist Dan Rather in "Truth," a film adaptation of the 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power" for Mythology Entertainment.
Cate Blanchett is attached to play Rather's Peabody Award-winning producer Mary Mapes who penned the book. "The Amazing Spider-Man" screenwriter James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with the film and will adapt the screenplay.
The tome deals with the fallout after Rather reported in 2004 that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Said report that was based on documents that turned out to be forgeries and the subsequent scandal became known as "Rathergate". Mapes was accused of lapses in judgment and was fired, while Rather's career and reputation were jeopardized.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business. After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline. Starring opposite Redford will be Cate Blanchett as Peabody Award-winning "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes, who was fired from the program after it was discovered that a series of documents alleged to prove that then-President George W. Bush had been given preferential treatment while serving in the Texas Air National Guard had not been properly authenticated prior to airing on sister program "60 Minutes II." Though Rather continued on with the network until 2006, his career and reputation suffered irreparable damage from the scandal, leading to a $70 million »
- Chris Eggertsen
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are in talks to join the cast of the Coen brothers’ next film Hail, Caesar!. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will play Dan Rather and Mary Mapes, respectively, in Truth. John Goodman is in talks to star in the low-budget thriller Valencia, from Bad Robot. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. Firstly, Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the stellar cast of Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film Hail Caesar!, while The Wrap throws Jonah Hill into the mix as well. The story takes place in 1950s Hollywood and revolves around a fixer who works to keep a studio’s stars in line. Johansson will play an actress who becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production. George Clooney leads »
- Adam Chitwood
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
The film will center on Rather’s 2004 report on CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday”about a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record that had been discovered in the files of the president’s former commanding officer. The authenticity of those documents was called into question, which led to claims that the memos were forgeries.
Rather and CBS initially defended the story — released during the height of Bush’s re-election campaign — but wound up retracting it 12 days after the initial broadcast. “If I knew then what I know now, »
- Dave McNary
The scandal that derailed the career of a broadcast news legend will be told by an all-star cast. Robert Redford will play Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchett is in talks to co-star as his CBS News producer Mary Mapes in an adaptation of Mapes’ memoir “Truth and Duty,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. “The Amazing Spider-Man” screenwriter James Vanderbilt is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which will be based on Mapes’ “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power.” It will delve into the scandal behind Rather's reporting on »
- Linda Ge
Scarlett Johansson is in talks to join the Coen brothers' drama Hail Caesar! as an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production. The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who is working to keep a studio's stars in line. Josh Brolin and George Clooney are leading the project with Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes also starring. Jonah Hill is also reported to be in talks for a role. Variety Robert Redford is attached to play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is attached to play his producer Mary Mapes in Truth for screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), making his feature directorial debut. The film will explore the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The »
- Brad Brevet
Ever since his All The President’s Men days – and probably before that – actor/director Robert Redford has been outspokenly political. It should therefore come as no surprise that his next acting project will involve politics, the media, and the complications that arise when the two combine.
Redford has just signed on to play newsman Dan Rather in Truth and Duty, based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. Like the book, the film will follow the behind-the-scenes account of what happened before, during, and after Rather’s notorious report about how then-president George W. Bush managed to keep out of Vietnam.
The report alleged that Bush had received preferential treatment resulting in his acceptance in the Texas Air National Guard over the heads of other applicants, effectively keeping him out of the Vietnam War. Following the broadcast, CBS »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Exclusive: Robert Redford is attached to play CBS News icon Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett is attached to play his producer Mary Mapes in Truth, a film that will mark the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, the A-list screenwriter behind the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man. The film will explore the scandal that erupted after Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s reelection campaign left Mapes fired and Rather’s storied reputation in tatters. […] »
According to Variety, Zodiac producers Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt are developing an adaptation of Scott Andrew Selby’s true crime novel A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer. The film will be titled Blackout, and is to be produced under Fischer and Vanderbilt’s Mythology Entertainment banner. Devil scribe Mark Hogan will write the script.
The story centers on the hunt for serial killer Paul Ogorzow from 1940 to 1941 in Nazi Germany. During that time, Berlin was in the grip of panic as British bombers raided the city by night, causing the government to implement a blackout that only aided Ogorzow in his heinous crimes.
You can read the novel’s official synopsis here:
As the Nazi war machine caused death and destruction throughout Europe, one man in the Fatherland began his own reign of terror. This is the true story of the »
- James Garcia
In 2007 producers Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt brought Zodiac to the screen, based on one of the world's most infamous serial killers. Up next they're once again heading into real-life territory, and we've got the scoop for ya today. So read on, true crime fiends!
Variety reports that Mythology Entertainment has acquired the rights to Scott Andrew Selby's book A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer, and they're currently developing it as a feature film entitled Blackout.
Mythology has hired Mark Hogan to adapt the book, based on the true story of a serial killer in 1940-1941 Nazi Germany.
The story centers on the hunt for a serial killer in the heart of the Third Reich and the relentless detective who must confront his own murderous regime in order to catch the killer. With Berlin firmly in the grip of panic as British »
- John Squires
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