Comedian Ben Stiller is currently in talks to play Jack Torrance in a play adapted from Stephen King’s novel “Shining.” This is a brand new adaptation directed by Ivo van Hove.
The return of Jack Torrence
Ivo van Hove is a director who particularly appreciates adapting great classics of the seventh art into plays. Of Flemish origin, he has already, in the past, adapted The Damned by Visconti in 2016 or All About Eve by Mankiewicz in 2019. Recently, he has also distinguished himself with an experimental adaptation of West Side Story in 2020. It also enabled Bryan Cranston to win a Tony Award for his performance in the play Network in 2019. There is therefore nothing very surprising to see today Ivo van Hove tackling an immense classic like shining.
Indeed, if shining is a novel by Stephen King published in 1977, it is also a masterpiece of the seventh art, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. Ivo van Hove is therefore eager to bring this story to the West End stages, London’s Broadway.
Ben Stiller in talks
According to Deadline, the comedian Ben Stiller, however rather accustomed to comedies, would very much like to camp Jack Torrence under the direction of Ivo van Hove. The actor is currently in the middle of negotiations to join the new creation of Ivo van Hove, who, according to Deadlines closer to Stephen King’s novel than Stanley Kubrick’s film. The rehearsals of this new shining should logically begin this fall, for performances scheduled for 2023. The play will be produced by Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, currently on Broadway with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The cast will be announced later.
If Ben Stiller is hired to succeed Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrencethis new adaptation of shining would mark the great comeback of the actor on the boards. Ben Stiller made his theater debut at the age of 9 as an extra, but most already illustrated in 2011 in the play House of Blue Leaves alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh and Edie Falco.