While Stephen King will soon release Dr. Sleep, his sequel to The Shining, Warner Bros. have started, very quietly, on early work that could lead to a prequel for their film version.
The project has a long way to go to the screen, but Warner Bros. have called in Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to produce the new film. Kalogridis worked with James Cameron on the script for Avatar, wrote his Battle Angel script, and also penned Scorsese’s Shutter Island; Vanderbilt drafted Zodiac and the original pass at The Amazing Spider-Man.
The LA Times tried to get an official statement from WB, but one was (predictably) not forthcoming.
It’s possible, then, that we’ll have duelling Shining spin-offs in a couple-few years. A prequel to Kubrick’s movie on one hand, and likely without the support of King; and an adaptation of his Dr. Sleep set up elsewhere.
Thanks to Herbert West and Al Mattice