Former ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara Writing ‘Shining’ Prequel

Former Walking Dead Showrunner Glen Mazzara to Write 'Shining' Prequel

Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, whose work on the smash-hit AMC zombie series concluded with the Season 3 finale last month, isn’t yet done with the undead. 

Deadline reports that Mazzara is set to write The Overlook Hotel, a movie prequel to Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining currently being developed at Warner Bros. It’d examine the earlier history of the rugged mountain lodge, where as we all know in the 1980 horror movie Jack Nicholson‘s caretaker Jack Torrance later loses his mind — perhaps because of ghosts that haunt the Overlook and seek for its history to be repeated for eternity.

The news comes just as The Shining has received an uptick in interest. The buzzy documentary Room 237 dissects several of the crazier conspiracy theories held by diehard fans of Kubrick’s film. And Stephen King, author of the original novel, is putting the final touches on a Shining sequel called Doctor Sleep, which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance, the “Big Wheel”-driving tyke whose clairvoyant powers save his and his mother’s lives from his axe-wielding father, Jack.

 Intrigued by the prospect of The Overlook Hotel?

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