A person familiar with the project, whose name was not reported, told the Times the studio has solicited the help of writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to create the prequel.
The film would focus on what happened at Overlook Hotel before the Torrance family arrived at the haunted retreat, the newspaper reported.
A Warner Bros., spokeswoman said any work on a "Shining" prequel would be in the very early stages and not formally in development.
"The Shining" author Stephen King is currently writing a sequel to the horror novel.
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