If you stay at this hotel, don't book room 237. The Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film The Shining, based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name, contains gruesome scenery inside its walls that overshadows its gorgeous view of the Colorado Rockies. It was previously revealed that former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara was writing a script for a prequel to The Shining titled, Overlook Hotel, for Warner Bros. and now a director has been chosen.

Variety reports that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Locke & Key 2011 TV pilot) is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct Overlook Hotel. Glen Mazzara recently submitted a completed draft for the prequel project that's an adaptation of Stephen King's originally unpublished prologue to his 1977 novel. Mythology’s Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and Laeta Kalogridis are producing. Here's the prologue's synopsis, courtesy of Variety:

"Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to “The Shining”, which was 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. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home."

Warner Bros. is also looking to do a feature film adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's 2013 sequel novel to The Shining, though that project is still in the very early stages of development. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Overlook Hotel as it develops.

Source: Variety
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