Sometimes you think of ideas that are so crazy you can’t imagine anyone will ever try them. A bicycle shop for fish. A house built out of scrap paper. A prequel to “The Shining.”
Oh, wait, it appears someone is crazy enough to try one of those and hint: Warner Brothers isn’t in the business of building fish bike shops or tearable houses. According to the LA Times, WB is “quietly exploring” the idea of making a sequel to the 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. A WB spokeswoman said the idea was, “in a very early stage and not even formally in development. Oh good, we still have some time for sanity to prevail.
The studio has asked writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to work on an idea for a sequel. Kalogridis brings suspense crd from “Shutter Island,” while James Vanderbilt is one of the hot writers lately, having written “Teh Amazing Spider-Man.”
In the movie “The Shining,” Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) plays a writer who takes a job as a caretaker at a seasonal hotel that’s closed during the winter. It seems like a good deal for his family at first, but then they are snowed in and the supernatural forces that haunt th hotel begin to drive Jack crazy. It’s one of Nicholson’s most memorable performances and the film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is often cited as one of the best horror movies. It’s also constantly quoted, both verbally and in clips.
So in a prequel, are we supposed to see hints of madness yet to come in Torrance? Is Stephen King involved? Does he have to be, or did WB buy rights to the characters in some way? I’m hoping that this won’t go anywhere. Come on, people, leave well enough alone.