Author Stephen King sells movie rights to student for $1

Author Stephen King sells movie rights to student for $1

A group of Canadian film students bought the rights to adapt a short story by master of suspense Stephen King for a steal - just $1, the Boston Globe reports. Over 70 members help make films which have been entered into film festival around the world.

Members of the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy, which is supported by the BBC's Children in Need, chose to write to King as they cast around for a project.

Alfie Evans and GCSE drama student Cerys Cliff, 14, will write the script, after their tutor Kevin Phillips discovered the Dollar Babies section on King's website; the section allows prospective filmmakers to buy the right's to one of King's many short stories for just $1 (77p).

"Within a few days, the contract was signed and we sent off an actual dollar to the USA".

The story follows a man who begins using a stationary bike to get in shape and becomes paranoid he's being followed - and heard back from King's people within 24 hours.

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To help alleviate his boredom, he buys maps and plots a route from NY to the town of Herkimer, each day marking the amount of miles he has "ridden" towards his goal.

He gets in shape but begins "having odd thoughts" about being followed on his daily rides.

Once the final script is approved, a local cinema's backstage area will be used as the film set which will primarily focus on the character's basement.

Marsha DeFilippo, King's assistant, said in an e-mail Wednesday that permission for students at the academy to make a noncommercial film was given through the best-selling author's "Dollar Babies" program, "which has been in existence for quite some time".

Dollar Babies now has 30 other titles available for purchase, however the list is subject to change and all purchases are at King's discretion.

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