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Stephen Kings Sells The Film Rights To His Short Stories For $1 To Aspiring Filmmakers

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Stephen King is selling the film rights to some of his story stories for a dollar and a dream. With that affordable price, one lucky film school is bringing one of King’s stories to life very soon.

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King is the master of horror and weird stories with several of his books becoming movies. With his gift of writing strange but captivating content, it’s no wonder that other people dream of being like him one day. Wanting to make an impact on rising filmmakers, King is offering the film rights to some of his short stories for $1. The cheap price has allowed students to hone their filmmaking skills as they create adaptations of King’s work.

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Students at Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales, UK, recently signed a contract to make their own adaptation of King’s “Stationary Bike.” The short story, featured in King’s collection Just After Sunset, is about an artist who works out on a bike to lose weight until some pretty creepy thoughts start happening. Tutor Kevin Phillips is grateful for the opportunity for his students. “We knew already that Stephen King was excellent at supporting education establishments,” Phillips said. “[And] we came across this website where, actually, he releases many of his short stories for adaption, you know non-profit of course.”

Dollar Babies

King sells his short stories to film students through his “Dollar Babies” program. The program provides the rights to about 30 short stories for film students to work on. However, there are definitely a few stipulations that are laid out in a full contract.

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One of the major conditions is that each film created must not be for profit. The finished project can be shown privately or at non-profit film festivals. “No more than two minutes total of the project may be distributed on the internet without prior written consent,” a part of the contract reads. Another condition is that there must be an acknowledgment that this is King’s work in the credits. King also asks for a copy of the completed film to watch.

Getting To Work

With a contract in place, Phillips and his students are excited to get to work. “The main thing is that it’ll be used to boost the confidence of our young, up-and-coming film-makers to actually say that they’ve worked on a Stephen King film,” Phillips said. “It won’t only boost their confidence, but it’ll also enhance their CVs and hopefully stand as a stepping stone to further their careers.”

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Two of the students are working on the script, and have even cast a local actor for the lead part. Phillips, who also works at Green Valley Film Productions, will direct the movie. Filming should begin around the Christmas season. Phillips hopes that it will be finished by next March or April.

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