‘The Shining’ Prequel?: Horror Classic May Get Backstory


Is the “Here’s Johnny!” line that Jack Torrance (famously portrayed by Jack Nicholson) utters after axing through a door in The Shining  a one-off event—or the culmination of a life of “all work and no play”? We may soon find out, as Warners Bros. is reportedly seriously exploring a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic, even as Steven King finishes penning a Shining sequel due out in January 2013.

Although King’s sequel—or King at all, for that matter—isn’t connected in any way to the prequel rumblings, the Los Angeles Times reports that an A-team is already connected. Warner Bros. has brought in writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis, along with her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt. Kalogridis is best known for writing the screenplay to another horror flick, Martin Scorsese’s 2010 film Shutter Island.

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But what would a prequel…

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