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).
No will, you are correct...this is the worst idea ever! Vampires? Good gods, what is Stephen King thinking about? The Shining is one of the best books King has ever written and Kubrick's adaptation to the big screen was amazing. This book needs a sequel, but Vampires...Nooooo!
Are the vampires going to sparkle in the sunlight? Jack Torrance's cerebral nightmare was spine chilling because of the fact that it can, and has, happened in reality - people have gone off the deep end and killed their whole family in isolated locations and with no explanation. Vampires, however, will take the story away from spine chilling reality into horror fantasy. Good in it's own right, but not as a sequel to "The Shining"
When was the last time King wrote a good book? I can't even remember. All his best stuff is from the 70s and 80s.
Last time King wrote a good book was in 70's or 80's????
Your nuts!!!! How bout
The Green Mile
From a Buick 8
These all were released after 1990....I like all of them....others as well....but these are my favs from the 90's onward.
And I agree with the Sam Rockwell nomination to play Danny. Sam is under rated in my book....And he would even have the "look" of being Shelly Duval's kid.....more so than DiCaprio anyway.
I guess it's a matter of perception but Needful Things? I can think of a lot of books Stephen took way too far into left field and lost me in the weirdness of the supernatural, and weird plots. He starts out well, building characters, tension, dark secrets and then a clown pops out or an evil chomping Langolier or aliens??? The Shining just centered on people and a man's slow decline into madness in a deserted lodge with his family.....pure human darkness, without the sensational supernatural computer generated garbage that ruins a horror movie/book/story everytime. Too fantastical for me.
You are incorrect on two of these stories being written after the 90s.THE STAND was originally published in 1978 and was later re-released in 1990 as THE STAND: The Complete & Uncut Edition; King restored some text originally cut for brevity, added and revised sections, changed the setting of the story from 1980 (which in turn was changed to 1985 for the original paperback release in 1980) to 1990, and updated a few pop culture references accordingly. THE STAND was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1979, and was adapted into a television miniseries for ABC.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was originally published as Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemption in 1982 from his anthology collection Different Seasons.
Well....my personal favorite is The Green Mile......which was certainly after 1990. The other books I listed were "officially" released in the 90's no matter when they were actually written. I was just defending King ....as he was being dissed for not publishing anything good since the 70s or 80s. Still its a matter of preference. I do think King has put out more books than most writers do in general....in doing so, some of them will be viewed as less than top shelf material. Some folks also have to remember King was also laid up for a while after being hit by a Van while walking on the side of the road....this in fact almost killed him. My guess is after this episode he spent more time enjoying life than working it away.
I agree with you. King should also add zombie to this comedy in the making.
No one thinks Danny Lloyd should reprise his role?
that would be great, not sure if he would. guess someone should ask him
I agree. The Shining is steeped in reality and remains one of the best written examples of someone slowly losing their minds. Kubrick's filmed version was amazing and re-released today would still hold up. I do not understand why King hated it. I saw the TV version which was awful. Vampires most certainly do not belong in a Shining sequel. And, yes, Leo would be perfect as Danny.
Unfortunately I also hated Kubrick's version as I don't think it conveyed the story very well. The made for tv version conveyed the storyline much better and I loved it! But I'm happy that others like the original version because I really really wanted to and just can't :(
You didn't like the movie because it didn't go point by point from the book. That is the wrong way to watch the film. The film is amazing. Just let it be a great film. and let the book be a great book.
Kubrick's take on The Shining was by far one of the darkest, creepiest, most psychologically suspenseful movies of all time...the thinking persons horror flick. Whether or not it conveyed the book well is beside the point. It's like comparing the Star Wars films to the written versions, apples to oranges.
I hated Kubrick's version. Frankly, I've literally fallen asleep EVERY time I've tried to watch it (and I've tried 6 or so times because it's such a "classic" that I keep thinking it has to be better than I remember.)
Not sure about this sequel, but I decided a few years ago that Steven King is a genius, so I'll reserve judgment until I've read it.
I'm sure King hated the movie for the same reason I did. Jack telegraphed his crazyness - his descent into madness way in advance. That was one of the scariest books I ever read - and people were laughing in the movies at Jack. I was outraged. I never forgave Kubrick for letting Jack eat all the scenery up the way that he did.
How about the male version of Shelly Duvall, Lukas Haas?
now that's funny stuff hahahaha
I love Jenny Weasley Too
I think James Franco could rock in this role as Danny. He has to be half crazy in reality.
Well I was thinking that DiCaprio would not be a good choice simply because he's not creepy enough for me, though I do think he is an excellent actor. James Franco on the other hand is an outstanding choice, Jenny should consider being someone whom picks people for characters in a movie. Great suggestion. Franco would make this movie a success because he knows how to make a persons skin crawl with a mere look. Yep Franco is my choice too.
No, it's not just you. I think this is a terrible idea. For one thing, movies based on King's horror novels almost always suck. The original Shining is one of the few that did not, in my opinion. And another thing...vampires that suck out psychic energy? Really?
I totally agree!! The Shining was one of my all time favorite horror movies and has remained one of the best scary movies of all time....for a Stephen King story which can tend to be embellished and supernatural. Although it would be great to see a sequel to The Shining...it's already "jumping the shark" wih the concept of vampires and Danny in a hospice?? Sometimes a great classic should be left alone and from the sounds of the sequel - I really believe that now.
I wonder if the vamps will be shirtless and cool.
I have to agree here. I mean can anyone tell me the last good King adaptation? Ill wait...No you cant. The first film was great because Jack Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick made the film great. Without those 2 it would have been the same as the rest. Jack made you think that his character was insane. The shots, the creepiness, and atmosphere that Kubrick gave the film is what made it so great and terrifying. Please don't ruin a great classic especially with Vamps. Im sorry after Twilight im so done with Vamps in movies. 'Nuff Said'
I honestly can't say which movie he did that was what you are calling an adaptation BUT......he's done so many wonderful movies that I'm sorry I can't begin to put him down for not doing an excellent sequel. This man is brilliant and has entertained enormous amounts of people over several decades. I'm not so much into the vampire thing either but I didn't think Twilight was going to be any good until I got a free ticket and was very impressed with what I saw. I think most movies have something to offer, not all for sure but I see a lot and I usually walk away with something that was worthwhile. King is a master and I hope he keeps bringing them on.
Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and Stand By Me are all good adaptions
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