Why HBO Max dropped Overlook

HBO Max dropped Overlook, the upcoming horror series based on Stephen Kings’ The Shining, as executives allegedly felt that it was not the right fit for them.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Overlook, the horror-thriller series based on Stephen King’s novel The Shining, will not be broadcast on HBO Max. The show, which was planned to be released by J.J Abrams’ production studio, Bad Robot, was part of HBO Max’s initial Bad Robot slate under the company’s 2019 deal with Warner Media.

Overlook discovers the terrifying stories of the infamous haunted Overlook Hotel, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaption of The Shining. The series was written by Scott Brown and Dustin Thomason, who both worked on Hulu’s psychological-horror series, Castle Rock, which is also set in King’s fictional universe.

THR revealed on Wednesday, 4 August 2021, that Overlook would not be proceeding after HBO Max executives felt that it was not the right fit for them at the time. Luckily, hope for the project’s future is not all lost, as Warner Bros. Television is allegedly shopping the show around, with a new home on the streaming platform, Netflix, on the cards.

The Overlook series was initially ordered by HBO Max in April 2020. It is one of four joint efforts between King, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros. Television, including 11.22.63 and Castle Rock on Hulu, and limited series, Lisey’s Story, on Apple Television Plus. In addition, the upcoming Chapelwaite series is scheduled to premiere on Epix in August 2021. However, prior to hitting the streaming services, King’s famous haunting novels had already been adapted and re-adapted to the screen multiple times.

2017’s It, 1986’s Stand by Me, and 1976’s Carrie are just a few of the various movie adaptions of King’s work. However, none of the recent adaptions came close to the longstanding success of Kubrick’s iconic take on The Shining. Even though Overlook has already faced its fare share of road bumps on the path to production, it is certain that the series has some amazing source material to work with.