Wow, this AI-generated reimagining of The Shining is wild

AI image generators have been the most radical and controversial tech development in the creative sectors for some time. Some creatives think they're alchemy, others fear they might spell the end of creative work as we know it. But either way, there's there's no denying that there's something fascinating about their ability to quickly answer those 'What if...?' questions. 

Thinking of commissioning indie auteur Wes Anderson to remake The Shining in his trademark style? Let's just take a look at what that might look like. Not sure how tech-to-image AI art generators work? See how to use DALL-E 2.

See more

The Twitter account Reconsidering Cinema had a viral hit on its hands after using an AI image generator to reimagine what The Shining might look like if it were directed by Wes Anderson. The results seem strikingly true to Anderson's trademark style – with a few extra fingers thrown in there for good measure. It seems that even with AI models like Stable Diffusion now adding the ability to create negative prompts, there's still no way to tell AI not to put six fingers on every hand.

See more

The Twitter user didn't say which AI model was used to create the images, but we've recently seen The Russo Brothers use Midjourney to create scenes from The Avengers in a Wes Anderson style (yes, prepare to see every movie remade by Wes Anderson soon). It seems people are impressed with the idea of the director tackling Kubrick's take on Stephen King's classic horror novel. The tweet has been retweeted more than 8,000 times.

"I've always said that if Wes Anderson was ever going to horror the film he would do would definitely be a massive love letter to The Shining," one person replied. "AI advanced continue to blow my mind daily," someone else said, surely echoing many people's thoughts. One person thinks the images look more Jean-Pierre Jeunet, but many think the AI got Anderson's style spot on. "Proof that everything would be better if Wes Anderson made it," one person wrote. "These are great. Ask the AI which obscure pop songs from the 60s and 70s would have been needle-dropped," someone else suggested.

See more

AI image generators are evolving at lightning speed and we get the impression that even their developers don't know exactly where they're going to take us, or what role they're going to play in the creative sectors. Most of those available to the public still have significant limitations that require post editing in other, more traditional programs – and there's that big issue with fingers. But considering how fast this technology has developed, I imagine that this will be resolved soon. See how the best AI art generators compare to learn more.

Read more:

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.