A Stephen King short story, The Stationary Bike, is set to be filmed soon by the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy, w Welsh company that gained access to the script thanks to a program known as a Dollar Baby contract, where permission to film is given in exchange for one single dollar. King explained that:
“Around 1977 or so, when I started having some popular success, I saw a way to give back a little of the joy the movies had given me.”
King watches all the movies, and has granted permission for a number of them to be released. The budgets for the films range from $100 to $60,000, and the exposure is huge for an up and coming film director.
One notable example is when Frank Darabont made The Woman in the Room on a Dollar Baby contract in 1986. He would go on to make The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
“Being given an opportunity to bring one of Stephen King’s novels to life is crazy,” said Alfie Evans, 16, who will work on the script for The Stationary Bike with a 14-year-old drama student Cerys Cliff.
These two could be ones to watch in the future! Kudos to artists like King for providing opportunities like this!