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Perhaps the prequel will focus on the original caretaker/bartender? Regardless of the film's focus, the prequel will have a heavyweight pedigree. Warner Brothers is rumored to have hired Laeta Kalogridis ('Shutter Island), Brad Fischer ('Black Swan,' 'Zodiac'), and James Vanderbilt ('Zodiac,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man') to write and produce the prequel. However, Warner Brothers hasn't made an official announcement yet.
Before becoming a cult classic, 'The Shining' received mixed reviews and the public disapproval of King. King made no bones about his dislike of Kubrick's vision of his novel. King even penned his own television remake of the film in 1997, starring Rebecca De Mornay and Steven Weber, but King's remake was not well received.
Despite King's dislike of the original film, the original film continues to enthrall viewers and spark debate. So much so that 'The Shining' is now the subject of its very own documentary, 'Room 237.' Directed by Rodney Ascher, 'Room 237' explores the hidden meanings and theories behind Kubrick's film-- the blood soaked elevators, the 1920's party, the guy in the bear costume, the hedge maze, and of course Room 237 itself.
Thankfully we have more "Shining" to look forward to in the near future. Stephen King recently announced a sequel to 'The Shining,' called 'Doctor Sleep.' 'Doctor Sleep' will continue Danny Torrance's story as an adult. The film rights for 'Doctor Sleep' have not been purchased yet, but it's only a matter of time. 'Doctor Sleep' will hit bookshelves on January 15, 2013.