With his Dan Rather scandal-themed journalism drama “Truth” scoring potential awards notices, writer/director James Vanderbilt is looking forward to the next few months. One project he has in the works though will test him – the previously announced prequel to Stephen King’s “The Shining” which he’s slated to produce.
Stanely Kubrick’s original film adaptation is still considered one of the landmark films of the horror genre, so anyone attempting a remake, sequel, a prequel or a reboot is bound to draw a lot of ire – like Mick Garris scored in 1997 with his mini-series adaptation despite the project nabbing two Emmy awards.
The signing of Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go,” “One Hour Photo”) to helm, Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead,” “Damien”) to script and Vanderbilt to produce the project has raised curiosity and interest. Speaking with Collider about the film, dubbed “Overlook Hotel,” Vanderbilt says it isn’t quite the film that people are going to expect:
“You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… Honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’. I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart. It’s not like, ‘When Scatman Crothers was young, he…’ it’s not that.
One of the things that’s amazing about [Mark] is that he’s a strong filmmaker with his own convictions, and Mark is gonna make the movie Mark is gonna make… I think there’s something wonderful about a director who says, ‘No, this is the film.’
Fincher was the same way. It’s like, ‘This is the movie I wanna make. If you don’t wanna make that movie, that’s totally cool, then we won’t make the movie.’ And now as someone who’s directed a film, that’s kinda what you want. You want the captain of the ship to be like, ‘I know what the film is, I know how to make it, let’s go do it.'”
There’s still no word as to when the film will go into production.