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Here's Johnny! A Prequel To 'The Shining' May Be In The Works

In OnScreen & Music by , on Monday, July 30, 2012, 10:30 AM (PDT)
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Stephen King Is Writing A Sequel, Too

One of the scariest horror films of all time is about to get more backstory. Hollywood has set its sights on The Shining -- Stanley Kubrick's twisted hotel bloodbath with Jack Nicholson -- for a prequel.

Read: Stephen King Writing A Sequel To The Shining

According to the L.A. Times, Warner Bros. is "quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel" to Kubrick's 1980 psychological horror film based on Stephen King's novel of the same name.

That means we finally get to find out how the troubled Torrance family, which we last encountered holed up in a deserted hotel running from rivers of blood and an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson, wound up so haunted.

Laeta Kalogridis, who wrote Shutter Island and was executive producer on James Cameron's Avatar, has been tasked with penning the script. That's just in time for King's sequel, The Sleep Doctor, which comes out in 2013.

Read: Pixar Sequels Coming: 'Finding Nemo 2', 'Toy Story 4'?

Not everyone is excited to see the classic film stained by a modern reinterpretation, however. The Shining is regarded as one of the defining examples of the horror movie genre, and is often listed near the top of the greatest films ever made.

Plumbing the film's infamously ambiguous story for a hit prequel feels like yet another case of Hollywood sniffing for easy money.

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