Prequel planned for The Shining

The project is said to be 'at a very early stage' with Martin Scorsese collaborator working on the idea

A prequel for Stanley Kubrick's benchmark horror 'The Shining' is being planned, according to reports.

Warner Bros are said to be 'quietly exploring the possibility' of putting together the world of caretaker Jack Torrance before he and his family head for the Overlook Hotel.

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The Shining... prequel in the planning stages (Copyright: Rex)

A spokesperson for the studio told the LA Times that the project is 'at a very early stage' in its development.

Writer and producer Laeta Kalogridis is reportedly working on the project, having written the psychological thriller 'Shutter Island' for Martin Scorsese and worked on 'Avatar' with James Cameron.

But any meddling with the legacy of what many deem to be a perfect horror movie could be met with consternation among film fans.

In the original, Jack Nicholson's character Jack Torrance takes a job as a winter caretaker at a remote hotel before descending into madness.

It received mixed reviews on its release, but has since gone on to become a classic of the horror genre.

It follows news from earlier this year that Stephen King, who wrote the novel, is himself writing a sequel, based around a now middle-aged Dan Torrance - Jack's son in the film - meeting a young girl with the same psychic powers he has.