Lost ‘happy ending’ to The Shining found

Mark Lankester
Yahoo UK Movies News
25 January 2013

A lost screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ has been found, revealing the final 2 minutes that were infamously cut from the cult 1980 horror.

[Related story: Stephen King to publish sequel to The Shining]

The missing script was tracked down by ‘Toy Story 3’ director Lee Unkrich, who also happens to run ‘Shining’ fan site, The Overlook Hotel.

This find reveals the final four page “hospital ending” that actually screened at the film’s May 1980 premiere, however Kubrick soon changed his mind. One week later, the notoriously perfectionist director had all copies recalled by Warner Brothers and cut to 146 minutes.

The missing two minutes of film have long since been destroyed, and until recently the only evidence of their existence was a small set of on-set Polaroids taken during the scene. But now at least we can imagine how Kubrick’s horror masterpiece might have played out. 

In the scene we see Wendy and Danny recovering from their ordeal in hospital, where hotel manager Ullman visits them. It’s a slightly happier, but less genre ending than the Jack-freezing-to-death finish we’re given in the final cut. The actual script is below…

‘The Shining’ co-writer Diane Johnson said of the missing ending: “Kubrick felt that we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right. He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal.”

Did Kubrick make the right choice? Let us know in the comments below.

Help Protect Your Family from the Flu this Winter.

As cold and flu season quickly approaches, make sure you disinfect all rooms in the home.

How This 62 Year-Old Beat Wall Street At Its Game

And the way he pulled it off will surprise you. All he had to do was take his remaining $1,500 in savings and...

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

Help kids in Honduras and all over the world get life changing vitamins just by buying yours at Walgreens.

Heartburn Facts

Read About Heartburn Facts From TUMS. Check Out Heartburn History, Who Gets Heartburn and More.

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Get paid to E*TRADE

Sign up today and claim your reward.

Tasty Coconuts Delivered Monthly from Thailand!

Get delicious healthy thai coconuts delivered to your front door every month! Tons of health benefits! Join Tasty Coco today!

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Earn Cash Back On Dining Out.

It's easy to save money in the new year when you get cash back on all purchases. Learn more about simple and flexible credit card rewards here.

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

For kids like Rosemary, proper nutrition makes a big difference. See how you can help kids everywhere just by buying your vitamins at Walgreens.

A Degree Unlike Others

FlexPath helps you save time by applying what you already know toward an advanced degree. Start now.

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Seniors: Here's your second chance to get Medicare

Didn't enroll in Medicare when you were first eligible? Do it now during the General Enrollment Period.