Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go,” “One Hour Photo”) is in negotiations to direct “Overlook Hotel,” the upcoming film prequel to Stephen King’s classic horror novel “The Shining”.
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.
Former “The Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara penned the most recent draft for the project which Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis are producing.
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 has been linked to – “A Cold Case,” “A Million Little Pieces” and “The Lost Symbol” – were all scrapped before getting into production. He was also the original helmer of “The Wolfman” before dropping out a month before shooting.