With talk of a prequel to The Shining, I was interested in Christopher Campbell's piece at movies.com that discussed what direction a sequel to The Shining should go.
The article is full of wonderful quotes and insights. My favorite is Campbell's own thoughts:
It's a bit confusing, or will be, that there will be two very different continuities going on with the tale of the Torrance family and the Overlook, although in a way these are somewhat separate stories, kind of like how Prometheus is a prequel to Alien but can itself spawn a whole other parallel-moving series. Maybe Warner Bros. will similarly want to go with further movies specific to the hotel. Personally, I can't wait for the one where the Overlook is launched into space and turned into a prison.
See, that's wonderful! And it is a problem, isn't it? I mean, we have the Shining, then the movie, then the mini-series, and the prequel and the sequel -- none of them following quite the same streams of narration.
That said, I also appreciated this quote from Ethan Anderton:
Though I'd be interested in seeing what takes place at the Overlook Hotel, I'm a little skeptical without any source material from Stephen King. However, if Rise of the Planet of the Apes can craft a solid prequel to a classic film, then I suppose anything is possible. But Kubrick's shoes aren't going to be easy to fill.That's the spirit, mate! Of course, I can think of a few prequel's that did not turn out as nicely as Rise of the Planet of the Apes; namely . . . oh, I won't name names! STAR WARS! oops, it slipped out.
May I also point out that no matter how good a prequel is, it can't live up the Kubrick version of The Shining because there is not likely to be conspiracy groups who believe it was actually evidence of a fake moon landing. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you are so blessed!)
Campbell's article is here: