Stephen King just sold the rights to his 2003 short story ‘The Stationary Bike’ to a 14 and 16 year old Welsh duo, bringing renewed media attention to his long-running ‘Dollar Baby’ project. In fact, King has been selling students the $1 rights to his horrifying short stories since the 1970s. These days, you can find available stories on his personal website, accessible only via the search engine. He strictly expresses that the rights to these tales won’t be given to Hollywood producers, but to aspiring filmmakers.
Mashable reports that the Welsh teenagers, currently studying at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales, will produce ‘Stationary Bike’ a short featured in King’s collection Just After Sunset. Kevin Phillips, the kid’s tutor, told Mashable “We pretty much emailed his secretary, Margaret, and she came back to us in 24 hours, and we told her what we wanted to do, that it’s not for profit, that our students would be making it, and she sent us a contract through which was signed by Stephen King himself.”
King has been a nightmare creator since the early 70s. His twisted tales, including It, The Shining, and Carrie, have been adapted for the screen around 70 times, making it quite likely that he’s responsible for some of your most sleepless nights. How does one become a Stephen King Dollar Baby? Fill out the form on the page and cross your fingers he picks you.