Overlook, a horror-thriller series inspired by Stephen King’s novel, The Shining, is searching for a new home after being passed by HBO Max.
According to a new report, Overlook, a horror-thriller series based on Stephen King’s novel, The Shining, will not be proceeding at HBO Max. The show, which was set to be released by J.J. Abrams’ production studio, Bad Robot, was part of HBO Max’s inaugural Bad Robot slate under the company’s 2019 deal with WarnerMedia. Overlook explores the terrifying stories of the notoriously haunted Overlook Hotel, drawing inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of The Shining. The show was written by Dustin Thomason and Scott Brown, who have both worked on Hulu’s psychological-horror series, Castle Rock, which is also set in the Stephen King literary universe.
In a report from Deadline, it was revealed that Overlook would not be proceeding after HBO Max executives “felt it was not a fit for them at this time.” However, hope for the project’s future is not all lost. Allegedly, Warner Bros. Television are currently shopping the show around, with a new home on Netflix in the cards for the spinoff series.
The Overlook series was first ordered by HBO Max in April 2020. It’s one of four collaborations between Bad Robot, King, and Warner Bros. Television, including Castle Rock and 11.22.63 on Hulu, and limited series Lisey’s Story on Apple TV+. Additionally, the upcoming Chapelwaite series is premiering on Epix later this month. But prior to hitting the streaming services, King’s famously haunting novels had already been adapted and re-adapted to the screen plenty of times. 1976’s Carrie, 1986’s Stand By Me, and 2017’s It are just a few of the more notable movie adaptations of King’s work. However, none of the recent adaptations come close to the longstanding success of Kubrick’s iconic take on the The Shining. So while Overlook has already faced its fair share of road bumps on the path to production, one thing is certain: the series has some great source material to work with.
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