Blaenau Gwent Film Academy

Stephen King Sells Movie Rights to Short Story for $1

According to The GuardianStephen King has sold the film rights to his short story ‘Stationary Bike’ for a generous total of $1!


The sale was made to students at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Tredegar, Wales, as part of King’s Dollar Babies initiative. The program allows young filmmakers to adapt any of his short stories that aren’t already under contract. 


The initiative began over forty years ago. King explained in an introduction to the shooting script for The Shawshank Redemption, “Around 1977 or so, when I started having some popular success, I saw a way to give back a little of the joy movies had given me.”


The screenplay is being written by sixteen-year-old Alfie Evans and fourteen-year-old Cerys Cliff, and will involve roughly thirty other students in the film’s production.


‘Stationary Bike’ is about an artist, Richard Sefkitz, who starts riding a stationary bike to combat high cholesterol. He imagines riding towards a target destination but progressively feels as though someone is following him on his journey.



Just After Sunset by Stephen King

Image via Amazon


The short story is part of the collection Just After Sunset, and is on Amazon for $12.19.




Featured Image via The Guardian