Before the release of Doctor Sleep, director Mike Flanagan was attached to create a prequel to The Shining titled, Hallorann, which would have focused on Dick Hallorann, the cook who educated Danny Torrance on his power in the original film.
However, during a recent appearance for the Fantasia International Film Festival, Flanagan offered a disappointing update on The Shining prequel which makes the project seem doubtful to be moving forward.
“I don’t know if it’ll go any further, to be honest,” Flanagan said. “I hope someday it gets back on track, because I really liked it.”
This isn’t the first time Flanagan has discussed the Hallorann project as he recently revealed that there can be new life in the prequel if Doctor Sleep garners enough attention on streaming services while still being hopeful that he can work on the film at some point.
While Doctor Sleep debuted positively to audiences and critics alike, the long-awaited sequel to The Shining reportedly didn’t meet Warner Bros.’ financial expectations by earning $72 million at the worldwide box office. So there is a chance this is one of the reasons why the Hallorann project may not be moving forward as of right now.
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