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Friday 19 September 2014

King not a fan of Shining prequel

Stephen King has been talking about plans for a big screen prequel to The Shining

Stephen King is not a fan of the planned prequel to his horror classic The Shining.

The horror writer is questioning whether Warner Bros, who are making the film, even have the rights to the prequel, which they are calling Before The Play.

Stephen told Entertainment Weekly: "There's a real question about whether or not they have the rights to Before The Play, which was the prologue cut from the book - because the epilogue to the book was called After the Play.

"So they were bookends, and there was really scary stuff in that prologue that wouldn't make a bad movie.

"Am I eager to see that happen? No, I am not. And there's some real question about what rights Warner Bros does still have. The Shining is such an old book now that the copyright comes back to me. Arguably, the film rights lapse - so we'll see. We're looking into that."

Stephen's original prologue to his 1977 novel The Shining was titled The Overlook Hotel but was dropped from publication.

He was famously underwhelmed by Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of The Shining.

Talking more about the possible prequel, he told Entertainment Weekly: "I'm not saying I would put a stop to the project, because I'm sort of a nice guy. When I was a kid, my mother said, 'Stephen, if you were a girl, you'd always be pregnant'. I have a tendency to let people develop things. I'm always curious to see what will happen. But you know what? I would be just as happy if it didn't happen."

Stephen is currently working on a sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.

Glen Mazzara, who was a showrunner on Walking Dead, is reported to be working on the adaptation of Before The Play.

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