It's a good day for horror fans who can't give up on old franchises.
The biggest news is that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) has been hand-picked by Warner Bros. to direct Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining that we first wrote about last year when Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) was hired to write the script. It will be based on Stephen King's original prologue to the book, which was left out of the published version and told the story of the man who built the titular resort in the early 1900s.
Combine this project with Annabelle's newly released trailer and it would seem that Warner Bros. quite likes the idea of giving origin stories to scary things from hit movies that don't necessarily need an origin story put on film. But in this case, we are certainly intrigued by Romanek's involvement. He is a helluva director, and the thought of a finely produced studio horror movie set over a hundred years in the past has us quite excited.
However, Romanek is also a very particular director, having quit Universal's The Wolfman over differences with the studio, so don't be entirely surprised if Overlook Hotel ends up having a different director by the time it comes out.
And in similar franchise news, Paramount has hired Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) to direct The Ring 3. Details are entirely absent about this project, but we're going to go ahead and assume that the killer video tape movie is going to have to evolve a bit considering the kids today who turn horror movies into hits don't even know what a VHS tape is. Maybe someone will upload it to YouTube and the entire world will be murdered by a very busy vengeful ghost.
So horror fans, are you excited about either of these projects?
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