Prequel to ‘The Shining’ Could Be Coming; James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ TV Spot Drops

Prequel to ‘The Shining’ Could Be Coming; James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’ TV Spot Drops

Jul 30, 2012

The Shining

Before Kubrick: While Stephen King continues to toil on Doctor Sleep, his planned sequel to The Shining, Warner Bros. is “exploring the possibility” of a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version. The studio has asked Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and her producing partners to conjure up ideas for what happens before Jack Nicholson’s character and his family arrive at the haunted mountain resort for the winter. No word yet on how far back they want to dig into the past. [Los Angeles Times]

Shaking Things Up: Recently we updated you on Lost writer Carlton Cuse being hired for San Andreas 3D, an earthquake flick, and now comes word that Universal Pictures is moving forward with their natural disaster flick, titled Earthquake. They too, have hired a writer: the Academy Award-winning Dustin Lance Black (Milk). J.J. Abrams is one of the producers; the film is, reportedly, not a remake of the 1974 film (released by Universal) with the same title, which starred Charlton Heston and an all-star cast, and destroyed Los Angeles in seat-rumbling Sensurround. [Deadline]

Swapping Dates: Two highly-anticipated films -- Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly -- are swapping release dates, with Anderson’s religious-themed drama (possibly inspired by Scientology, though that’s denied by Anderson) moving to September 14 and Dominik’s hitman flick with Brad Pitt shifting back to October 19. Both films are still expected to be possible Academy Award contenders. [Variety via Coming Soon]

From Above: We knew that James Bond (Daniel Craig) would be involved in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, but viewers received another treat with the debut of the first TV spot for Skyfall, which packs a lot into just 30 seconds; you can watch it below. Skyfall is due out on November 9. [Collider]

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