It’s been a couple of years since Stephen King announced that he was considering writing a sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining. The book became one of King’s more popular novels thanks to a film adaptation in 1980 from the late Stanley Kubrick starring Jack Nicholson (a film King hated so much he made his own TV version in 1997).
Would be great to see something new on the big screen , not remake after remake !!! It is all getting so hum drum and boring! I say make it happen I'll be first in line for tics!
Vince Vaughn........But Vampire's, SERIOUSLY?????
The shining sequel if anything should be a follow up of the hotel itself and the creepiness of how the supernatural events with all the troubled souls trapped there... It left off with the possibility in the original Kubrick movie that the hotel was still collecting new souls... And the book left it as if the hotel was going to be rebuilt... That is where the true sequal should continue... The story about Danny would be okay as a stand alone novel but don't market it as a sequel to the shining that centered on the true horrorific story of the hotel...
Love idea of a sequel that explores Danny's life but HATE the vampire angle. Leaning on the vampire cliché is pathetic; King can do better. Even if he wanted to play with the Vampire genre, a sequel to The Shining is NOT the place to do it.
The Shining happens to be one of the best scary movies I have ever seen. I would like to see a sequel and Leo would be a great casting but VAMPIRES (again) come on now. Another Vampire movie..... Anything but VAMPIRES.
I reeeeeely hope he's kidding about the vampire stuff! Have we not done the vampire thing to death? (pun intended)
Anthony Michael Hall without a doubt
sounds like king is about to jump the shark. please no vampires
i agree no vampires
I was fine with this up until "the Vampires come.." It might've been a good idea until this influx of Vampire attention in Hollywood. I wish Stephen would think of something else that'll come for Danny and his powers. Something like in The Mist..or even someone like in Misery...anything but the gosh-darned Vampires.
Keep in mind that psychic vampires play into Stephen King's larger world of the Dark Tower... that would probably be why they appear. Also they aren't described as typical long-tooth, pale vampires if he follows the mold that was set in his Dark Tower series, so I feel this could be a great story. The Shining is one of his best works, but I understand why he didn't like Kubrick's; it had very little to do with the horror elements of the original story (the emotional impact of Jack losing it, but loving his family at the same time)... I am a big Stephen King fan, and I believe he will write these characters as he always has; making something fantastic seem believable.
Maybe the vampires are not your blood sucker type vampire?? King is going with the flow of the movies nowadays and instead of a good original plot stemming from the first he is just throwing in anything to draw the bloodthirsty crowds...I am a little disappointed...and probably won't go see the movie if this is his agenda.
I loved the book, I loved the movie, and I loved the TV version even more. Jack Nicholson was superb in his role, and Shelly Duval had her good moments, but I'm not a fan. Courtney is not an actor, and the part as he did it pales to the TV movie.
JUST MY OPINION!
Vampires? Not a good idea for the Shining. The Shining isn't about vampires. It's about being able to read minds and see ghosts. That's all a sequel should be about. Surely he can create a great story based on the foundation of taking care of hospice patients and those who pass on. Sounds like a great foundation - forget the vampires. That's putting a little TOO MUCH ridiculous in the story. But then, even though I love Stephen King, he tends to do that. Sometimes you just have to overlook and weed out the crazy stuff and stick to what "could" really happen. The Shining is a story that "could" really happen. Vampires would ruin it. I hope he re-thinks this idea.
Well I don't want to sound like an *** but There Are different types of vampires in mythology. There are Vampires that feed on blood, psychic/emotional energy, and then there are vampires that feed on the soul of the person. I am a huge mythology buff I just thought maybe this would help you understand his choice a little bit. yes i hate Twilight and hope that society can forget that huge mistake made by a crappy author. Just my opinion.
dave in nash
The Vampires part, no and since King so hated the Kubrik film and did the made for TV POS, no I agree with what so many say, Very few of his writing are good on film and only his older books hold any interest
I like the idea of the sequel, however, with all the ideas running around it seems like there has to be some way he could adapt not vampires, but zombies. These could be the people that Danny's character didn't successfully help crossover and they came back as zombies. What with the zombie apocalypse on the horizon it would make for a great end of the world story and make way more sense than vampires. Leo would be an obvious choice because of Shutter Island so I wouldn't do that. I think Mark Ruffalo would be more realistic. However, the original actor would be awesome, Lucas Haas would be a great choice - He's around 35 or how about Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
@Alex, I think most here are at least as literate as you and read the article. The only difference seems to be that they haven't gone, "Oh, PSYCHIC vampires. Well, that makes it cool then." Sorry to burst your superiority bubble. Adding vampires to the Shining is NOT a good idea. Doesn't matter if they suck: blood; psychic energy; body heat; neural electricity; salt; calcium; stomach acid; lymphatic fluids; keratin; tears; aqueous humour; vitreous humour; spinal fluid; snot; ear wax… though a non-Shining movie about snot sucking vampires, that I might pay money to see.
Type in Life Force on Wikipedia and it will tell all about the movie.
You get a chance, there was a movie back in the '80's called "Life Force" that had interstellar vampires that sucked energy from people and turned them into dry husks. They stayed that way for a couple of hours and then re-animated and went on a hunger search until they could suck the life force out of someone else. Then they would be normal for awhile until it the force ran out, then they would need to feed again. The result closed down London and makes for a great 'vampire/zombie fest.' That is until there's a confrontation with the hero of the story. This movie starred Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame before he was somebody.
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And before that there was a Buck Rogers episode with the same storyline, ingeniously entitled "Space Vampire".
Cri - Tic
I agree will everyone that doesn't like the Vampire idea. I'm a Stephen King fan and I've read a majority of his book and watch all movies that enter the screen and I've liked them all. You have to be a fan to appreciate his books and movies. I would love to see a sequel to "The Shining", I agree try to bring back the boy. It makes it realistic to bring back the orginal characters in a movie. You should also bring back his mother and having her on her dying bed and he have to help her cross over. If you have that already and/or read it on the video I apologize I didn't get the chance to hear it yet.
The original movie was great. Not sure about adding vampires to a sequel- sounds kind of silly; maybe have Danny DeVito play Danny then, and make it into a comedy? Lol
Misery and Deloras Claiborne were kings, in my opinion the greatest book to movie adaptations ever! I love when King writes about something that could actually happen. Really? Vampires? C'mon!!!
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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