Movies That Everyone Should See: “The Shawshank Redemption”

“I will grant any student filmmaker the right to make a movie out of any short story I have written (not the novels, that would be ridiculous), so long as the film rights are still mine to assign. I ask them to sign a paper promising that no resulting film will be exhibited commercially without approval, and that they send me a videotape of the finished work. For this one-time right I ask a dollar.”

– Stephen King

In 1980, Stephen King made one of the first of his “Dollar Deals” with a 20-year-old filmmaker named Frank Darabont. The resulting short film, “The Woman in the Room”, impressed King so much that the two began a correspondence with each other, becoming friends in the process.

In 1987, Darabont optioned the rights to another of King’s short works, the novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”. Not for a dollar this time, but at a favorable price, in consideration of his relationship with King.

The resulting film would eventually become one of the most cherished movies of all time.

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News Worth Sharing: Frank Darabont Stepping Down As “Walking Dead” Showrunner

      Frank Darabont on the Comic-Con floor, last week.

According to numerous online sources, Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner for AMC’s series, “The Walking Dead”. The news is considered shocking, as just this past week he attended Comic-Con in a promotional capacity, and seemed enthused about the upcoming second season during the “Walking Dead” panel.

As many of you know, Darabont is a feature film director whose credits include “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Green Mile” and “The Mist”. Sources are reporting that the demands of a weekly television series, compared to that of feature film making, weighed heavily into this decision.

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