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Taken from an original story by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead showrunner), it’s based around the original prologue to that book that was cut from publication in 1977. The story is told by the first owner, Bob T. Watson, who was a robber baron (businessmen who used exploitative practices to make money) in the early 20th century. The story goes that he climbed the Colorado Rockies and wanted to build the biggest, most impressive resort hotel in America.
Despite Romanek having mostly worked around impressive music videos, he’s also directed the brilliant creepy and uncomfortably realistic One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams in 2002, plus the deeply atmospheric Never Let Me Go (2010) that starred Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. »
- Dan Bullock
Hasn’t been a lot of news lately on this project but reports are floating around that Warner Brother’s is hard at work attempting to bring Mark Romanek on board as the director of the much anticipated prequel to ‘The Shining’ titled ‘The Overlook Hotel’.
Genre fans may remember Romanek as the writer/director of ‘One Hour Photo’. You believe that film came out 12 years ago! Holy crap! Published reports indicate that this prequel will tell … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
Greetings and salutations everyone! Welcome to the best movie news wrap-up on the web, the WhatCulture.com News Brief! For those of you just joining us, we’re here to dissect the biggest movie and television developments that invaded our RSS feeds this week, and what a week it was!
On the superhero front we’ve got updates for Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Flash, Daredevil, and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (which gets bigger and bigger each week!) We’ve also got updates on the Power Rangers reboot, as well as the current state of the Spider-Man franchise (I don’t know about you, but my Spidey sense is really tingling with that one).
On the other side of the spectrum we’ve got updates about a Beatles documentary from Ron Howard, a movie about a beloved 1980s arcade game (not, it’s not Ms. Pac-Man, sorry »
- James Garcia
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
It's a good day for horror fans who can't give up on old franchises. The biggest news is that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) has been hand-picked by Warner Bros. to direct Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining that we first wrote about last year when Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) was hired to write the script. It will be based on Stephen King's original prologue to the book, which was left out of the published version and told the story of the man who built the titular resort in the early 1900s. Combine this project with Annabelle's newly released trailer and it would seem that Warner Bros. quite likes the idea of giving origin stories to scary things from hit movies that don't necessarily need an origin story put on...
- Peter Hall
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
It looks like Warner Bros. had found a director to take on its prequel to The Shining, with Variety revealing that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) is in talks with the studio about helming The Overlook Hotel.
According to the site, “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.”
Are you excited about returning to the Overlook Hotel, and is Mark Romanek a good choice to direct? »
- Gary Collinson
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
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 might be one of our most talented, and yet undersung, filmmakers. A music video legend who came up alongside figures like Spike Jonze, he's only made three feature films in thirty years—1985's little-seen debut "Static," 2002's acclaimed "One Hour Photo" and 2010's "Never Let Me Go." But it's not for lack of trying: in recent years in particular, Romanek has been attached to a number of big-budget projects that never came to pass. Alongside the Tom Hanks-starring mystery "A Cold Case," Romanek's been attached to an adaptation of James Frey's controversial memoir "A Million Little Pieces. He was also involved in "The Wolfman," Disney's "Cinderella" and "Da Vinci Code" threequel "The Last Symbol," but dropped out of the first two late in the game ("The Wolfman" at the eleventh hour), and the third was replaced by an adaptation of the fourth book in the series, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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
It looks like a couple of horror film projects are beginning to gain some traction, as directors have been announced for both. First up is The Overlook Hotel. For fans of the film/book, you already know that's pertaining to The Shining. The film will evidently tell the origin story of the hotel during the era of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. Mark Romanek is being tapped to direct the piece. I can't speak for the script, but Romanek's films (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) excel with their »
- Sean Wist
Indie film producer Killer Films has merged with Glass Elevator to form Killer Content, a new company that blends Killer's production acumen with Glass Elevator's digital savvy. Killer Films is the award-winning producer of movies such as “One Hour Photo,” “Boys Don't Cry” and “I'm Not There,” Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan movie. It has a strong track record producing work that is artistically bold, if limited commercially. It has produced more than 70 films over the past 20 years. Also read: Women Directors and Writers Lose Ground in Indie Film as Numbers Decline Glass Elevator, which dubs itself a next-generation media company, »
- Lucas Shaw
Since "The Whispers" has some pretty tony credentials (executive produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo"), we have every reason to think the new ABC show will be sufficiently polished. What the trailer (posted below) tells us is that it might be damn creepy as well. Here are the five reasons why we'll have our hands in cover-the-eyes position when we watch the first episode, just in case. 1) The idea of evil imaginary friends will ruin your childhood if you think about it. Did you have an imaginary friend, someone to go to your tea parties or play hopscotch or whatever? It seems like such a nice concept, at least in kids. In older kids and grown-ups, it goes all "Donnie Darko" and "Fight Club" and usually gets violent and ends badly, so that's not as adorable. But kids creating people to play with? That's so cute! »
- Liane Bonin Starr
In “Boulevard,” a middle-aged married man picks up a gay hustler on the Nashville street where hookers hang out, pays the kid for company instead of sex, and ever-so-gradually begins to confront the secret identity he’s suppressed for so long. Knowing that man is played by Robin Williams (in morose rather than manic mode) tells you everything you need to know about the film, which is well written, acted and directed, and yet somehow never manages to surprise. That approach has its advantages, however, making the unfulfilled character’s sexuality almost secondary to the ways in which straight audiences can relate.
As best friend Winston (Bob Odenkirk) puts it in the film, “Maybe it’s never too late to start living the life you really want” — an optimistic philosophy that may as well be the mantra for a project director Dito Montiel (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”) felt »
- Peter Debruge
Here we go! It’s Friday, time to kick back and enjoy the weekend and what better way than by cranking a killer tune to set the mood?! This post was inspired by artist Kawehi. Have you heard of her yet? In the last several weeks, she became an Internet sensation with her beautiful reinterpretation of Nirvana‘s single “Heart Shaped Box.” I love every thing about it! (Including her! Marry me, please? Dammit, she’s already married.) But on the Esquire article where I originally discovered her, they also embedded a cover of Nine Inch Nail‘s “Closer.” I’ve always been a huge, huge fan of Trent Reznor and company, and I enjoyed the hell out of their most recent album ‘Hesitation Marks’ (the vinyl mix is excellent, by the way), but hearing this cover got me to re-appreciate “The Downward Spiral” again. I even have an instrumental version of that entire album! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Bates Motel star Michael Vartan has taken the male lead in in New Line's upcoming thriller Crawlspace, Deadline reports. He joins recently attached True Detective co-star Erin Moriarty for the Phil Claydon film. Crawlspace, to be directed by Claydon from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, follows a family who moves into a new home in the suburbs and soon discovers the house has a very disturbing secret from the past. Vartan, also well-known for his role on Alias, has appeared on the big screen before in features like One Hour Photo and Colombiana.
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- Ryan Turek
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