July 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM ET
"The Shining" is considered by many to be one of the most terrifying movies (and books) of modern time. But do fans want to know what went on at Colorado's spooky Overlook Hotel before Jack Torrance and family arrived?
Warner Bros., which made the 1980 film, is considering making a prequel to "The Shining," the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
The studio has producers working on a possible new take, but hasn't formally committed to the project, the newspaper reported. One of those producers, Laeta Kalogridis, wrote the script for the Leonardo DiCaprio film "Shutter Island," based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel.
Stephen King certainly gave Kalogridis and crew enough to work with in his 1977 novel. As fans of the movie and book know, Jack Torrance (played memorably by Jack Nicholson) comes to serve as caretaker at the Overlook after a previous caretaker murdered his family and committed suicide, and the hotel is full of ghosts of previous visitors.
The Times points out that King has been working on "Doctor Sleep," a sequel to "The Shining," featuring a grown-up Danny Torrance. Early reports were that the book will be published in 2013.
But some fans want "The Shining" to be left alone. "Is there a worse idea than this?" writes Scott D'Agostino on Twitter.
"Let me check. Nope," responds Jordan Raup, editor-in-chief of The Film Stage.
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