HBO Max is moving forward with Overlook, a TV series spun-off from The Shining. But at one point we could’ve had a completely different piece of entertainment bearing the Overlook name. That was The Overlook Hotel, a Shining prequel that was supposed to be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) and written by Glen Mazzara. The script for that film exists and even got the blessing of Stephen King himself, but it ultimately never came together. In a new interview, Romanek talks about what happened.
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At first, you might think that directors Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick don’t have much in common. Their films couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. However, Steve Ramsden used the similarity in the way Anderson and Kubrick frame shots as a reference point to create The Grand Overlook Hotel, a truly incredible mash-up of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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One of the most exciting rumors in recent days was that Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón might direct the 2016 Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Cuarón is largely credited with setting the tone and visuals for the Potter film franchise with this one installment, 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That film radically changed the look of the world and informed the directors who followed the series to completion.
So the rumor of Cuarón maybe stepping back into that world for this spin-off, written by J.K. Rowling herself, was a very enticing one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Harry Potter might not be the only dormant property that Warner Bros. wants Alfonso Cuarón to help revive. According to a new rumor, the studio has also offered him The Overlook Hotel, the prequel to Stanley Kubrick‘s Stephen King-based classic The Shining. Hit the jump for all the latest dirt on this project.
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The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.
The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »