According to the LA Times, Warners is letting the idea of a prequel to The Shining roll around in its head. More than just a concept, they’ve hired writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar), Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to conceive of a version of the story before the story. Of course, it’s only a whisper. The project isn’t even in development officially, and even projects in development have to fight to get made.
The bottom line? This is a million miles from any sort of finish line.
What’s curious here is why Warners is specifically interested in this project in the first place. Perhaps it’s a general desire to make prequels of projects with name-recognition attached or maybe they’ve marked the resurgence in interest in Stephen King’s work – especially with his many adaptations currently in the works. On the other hand, anonymously floating the idea out into the world of movie fans might just be a test to see what kind of interest is out there. So, is there any interest out there?