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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
It’s been a long four years since we’ve seen anything work out for Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek. He’s been in talks to make several movies, only for those to go nowhere; he shot a pilot for a TV series based on Joe Hill’s Locke & Key comics that sadly didn’t get picked up, and has had several projects sit in development. Now he’s in negotiations for an unexpected project: The Overlook Hotel.Also known as a prequel to The Shining, the film has been in development for a couple of years at Warner Bros., with former Walking Dead show runner Glen Mazzara taking on the job of writing the script explaining what happens in the hotel long before Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and his family arrived for their ill-fated stay. After a long period of no information about what exactly what that »
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
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. »
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
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 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
The movie will be based on King's original prologue to The Shining, which was cut from the book prior to its publication in 1977.
THR says that it 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."
It looked like Alfonso Cuarón was going to direct it at one point, but I guess things didn't pan out. Romanek is a talented director though, and I think this could be a great project for him. I'm such a huge fan of The Shining, so I'm incredibly stoked for this to happen!
After a little digging I found the prologue online at With Nail Rules. I included the first scene below, »
- Joey Paur
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
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
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
Keira Knightley was tired of being depressed and ill. On screen, at least.
The Oscar-nominated actress spent five years playing a series of heavy roles — from a young woman harvested for her organs in “Never Let Me Go” to a love-struck Russian aristocrat who has an unfortunate encounter with a train in “Anna Karenina.”
“It had all been very, very dark with very little hope and I wanted to find something with hope in it where I didn’t die in the end,” Knightley told Variety at Wednesday’s New York premiere of “Begin Again.”
The film, an uplifting story about a young woman and a washed-out record producer who help each other rebound from a series of personal setbacks, was the perfect antidote.
“Romantic comedies aren’t normally a genre I go for, but I read this one and thought it actually makes me feel good,” said Knightley. “It »
- Brent Lang
English ingénue Carey Mulligan broke onto the international stage in 2009 with her Academy Award-nominated turn in An Education. Since then, she's shown a passion for tackling daring dramas, from the sci-fi-infused love triangle tale Never Let Me Go to Steve McQueen's nymphomaniac character study Shame, and Nicolas Winding Refn's ultra-violent romance Drive. Now she's giving voice to the early feminist movement with her upcoming drama Suffragette. Collider shares the first still from Suffragette, which shows Carey Mulligan in turn-of-the-century attire, raring for a fight at a "Votes for Women" rally. At her side appears to be Romola Garai, and tucked under that dreadful big hat hides Helena Bonham Carter. Screenwriter Abi Morgan, who has previously adapted history into female-fronted dramas with The Iron Lady and The Invisible Woman, found her inspiration for Suffragette, not in the genteel upper class ladies most often associated with the movement, but with »
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