AMC's The Walking Dead has had some not-so-secret behind-the-scenes troubles. When the show's creator Frank Darabont was given his walking papers, Glen Mazzara took over, and many felt his work on the series' second season rejuvenated the ailing show. Despite his massive success, though, he joined Darabont as an ex-Walking Dead showrunner when AMC let him go, too.
But don't feel too bad for Mazzara. He's just lined up a fairly high-profile follow-up project. He'll be writing The Overlook Hotel, a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
This project is not to be confused with Doctor Sleep, King's official sequel novel to his original The Shining. The Overlook Hotel is going to be using Kubrick's film, not the book that he took many liberties with, as its anchor point. It's going to be made by Warner Bros. and produced by Mythology Entertainment, itself made up of a trio of rather talented filmmakers: screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), and producer Bradley Fischer (Black Swan).
Deadline's report on the matter makes zero mention of what the film will be about. Presumably it will take place entirely prior to the arrival of the Torrance family in Kubrick's film, but that does leave open the opportunity to still use some of the same characters, like Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers), and explore any number of mysteries show in the first film. The question is, do you even want to see The Overlook Hotel explored or would you rather it stay mysterious?