Mark Romanek is checking into the Overlook Hotel. The director is in negotiations to direct the prequel to The Shining for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The Shining was one of Stephen King's early horror works and was adapted into the classic Stanley Kubrick movie, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
Overlook is based on King's original prologue to The Shining, which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977. The film will tell the origin story of the haunted hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century.
Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote the script. James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis are producing. Romanek is a music video director who last directed the clone-themed drama Never Let Me Go, starring Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. He also directed the pilot for Locke & Key, the adaptation of a comic written by Joe Hill, King's son.