By: Kayla Reyes
Author, Stephen King, sold the rights of one of his short stories to film students from Blaenau Gwent Film Academy for only one dollar! The short story is called Stationary Bike and the students are turning it into a film.
The story is about a man who starts to exercise after he goes to the doctor and finds out his cholesterol is extremely high. He decides to get in shape and purchases a stationary bike that he puts in his basement. In order to relieve his boredom, he purchases a map and creates a route from New York to Canada. This route will help him keep track of the amount of miles he has ridden towards his goal. As he gets closer to his goal, he begins to have weird and strange thoughts that someone is following him on his rides.
The students learned about the story through King’s website under the section Dollar Babies which allows film students to request rights for his short stories. These stories are not under contract and are available to all film students. Two students reached out to his secretary and told her what they wanted to do. Within 24 hours, she sent them a contract which was signed by Stephen King himself. The two students, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old, will develop the script and then come together with 30 students who will then create the film.
King has been giving rights to his stories since the 1970s which is incredible and such an amazing thing to do! He is known for his stories in horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Many books of his were made into films, television shows, and even comic books! He has published 58 novels and 6 non-fiction books.
He is truly a legend! Let us know, would you want to see the film created by the students?