[Update 2:15 p.m.: It looks like “Overlook Hotel” will be Mark Romanek“>Mark Romanek‘s top priority at Warner Bros., as he is no longer attached to direct the studio’s “Boston Strangler” movie that will star Casey Affleck. A representative for Romanek did not immediately respond to a request for comment.]
In a match seemingly made in movie heaven, “One Hour Photo” filmmaker Mark Romanek is in negotiations to direct the “Shining” prequel “The Overlook Hotel” for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Based on Stephen 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 Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson. A robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home.
King recently published a sequel to “The Shining” titled “Dr. Sleep,” which Warner Bros. is also developing for the big screen.
Romanek, who is also attached to direct Casey Affleck in “The Boston Strangler” for Warner Bros., most recently directed the underrated sci-fi movie “Never Let Me Go.” He’s represented by CAA.
The news was first reported by Variety.