HBO Max Opts Out On ‘Overlook’ Series Based On ‘The Shining’

by Thomas Tuna

The TV series inspired by arguably the most infamous hotel in horror history is looking for a new place to stay.

Overlook–telling the backstory of the eerie setting of Stephen King’s The Shining–will not air on HBO Max as expected, according to a report on Deadline. The proposed show–from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot–is now being shopped around, with Netflix a possible landing spot.

The show–written by Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown and inspired by, and featuring, characters and events from The Shining–will explore the “untold, terrifying stories” from the Overlook Hotel.

The powers-that-be at HBO Max reportedly liked the project, according to Deadline, but thought it wasn’t the best fit for the streamer at this time. A Justice League Dark show-–based on the DC Comics series–is a Bad Robot project that may eventually land on HBO Max. The concept reportedly has given birth to two series in development at this time–Madame X and Constantine–which have not yet been officially confirmed.

King’s 1977 novel The Shining was, of course, adapted into the classic 1980 feature film directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script he wrote with Diane Johnson. The movie–starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd–was set in the isolated Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies.

The film–famously panned by King because of the deviations from his novel–went on to earn $47 million on a $19-million budget and become one of the most influential horror movies ever made.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the fate of Overlook.


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