By Jeff Labrecque
July 18, 2014 at 05:42 PM EDT
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Mark Romanek, who directed One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a prequel to The Shining. Overlook Hotel will tell the story of the original owner of the cursed Rocky Mountain hotel, which was the setting for Stephen King’s novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie with Jack Nicholson.

The script, written by Glenn Mazzara (The Walking Dead), is based on a prologue to The Shining that King wrote but which was excised prior to publication back in 1977. It was published in Whispers magazine five years later as “Before the Play.”

The film will tell the story of the Overlook Hotel through the eyes of its original owner, Bob T. Watson, a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century, according to Variety, which initially reported the news.