That's right! Stephen King is in the process of writing a sequel to The Shining. The sequel would deal with a now-grown-up Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Torrance who was the protagonist in the original novel. In addition, Warner Bros is rumored to be developing a prequel to the horror classic. This new film would be set in the years prior to the Torrance family’s experiences at the hotel.
Whether or not Mr. King will have anything to do with the new film project remains to be seen, but considering he wasn’t the biggest fan of Kubrick’s film interpretation of his novel we won’t be holding our breath. For those of you who are fans of the movie, however, there is an outstanding website dedicated to it entitled ‘The Overlook Hotel’).
In addition to that, the British Film Institute has announced plans to re-release the film on 120 screens across the UK. At least 20 of the 120 theaters will participate in an extended run past the Halloween season. What makes this news even cooler is that UK audiences finally get the chance to see the extended U.S. version of the film, with a runtime of 144-terrror-filled minutes versus the original UK release, which is nearly a half hour shorter at 120 minutes. The film’s newly remastered trailer will also be screened ahead of the film’s Halloween release. The classic 1980 horror movie, based on the novel by author Stephen King tells the story of writer Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, son Danny, and the increasingly terrifying sequence of events that occur one winter while they are the sole caretakers at The Overlook Hotel.
The Shining is consistently listed as one of the scariest movies of all time by fans and critics alike. It has remained in the top 50 on the IMDb since the site's inception, and is currently listed as number 3 on their scariest movies of all time. In an age of horror movies where we see everything on screen, it’s what we don’t see on screen during this movie that makes it so terrifying.
If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself to add it to your ‘must watch list’ this Halloween. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or the 101st time, it really is one of the scariest movies ever. We defy you not to have the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end as soon as you hear the opening sequence title theme and see The Overlook Hotel looming in the distance.
Would you be excited for a prequel to The Shining? Will you read Stephen King’s sequel when it’s released?