Stephen King returned $5,000 check to Frank Darabont for rights to Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I haven’t given many films 5 stars. This one deserves more than five stars, if only our rating system went higher. If you haven’t seen it and read the excellent story it is adapted from, I can’t recommend it any more.

Now here’s a really cool Stephen King true story around the creation of this story. The guy is just all kinds of interesting, whether it’s something he has written or how he’s treated others involved with his work.

In this case Frank Darabont, who originally purchased the rights to the awesome King story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” from his novella collection, Different Seasons (read it, amazing book) for $5,000. King never cashed the check. In fact, he returned it.

And to think that it all began with a check for five thousand bucks — a check which King, who was doing pretty darned well for himself by the late ’80s, never felt the need to cash. Instead, a few years after Shawshank Redemption’s release, the author had it framed and mailed it back to Darabont with an inscription: “In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.”

Why Stephen King never cashed his Shawshank check

I mean how cool is that? Stephen King has already been my favorite author. It’s good to see he is also one helluva nice guy.


2 thoughts on “Stephen King returned $5,000 check to Frank Darabont for rights to Shawshank Redemption

    1. I’d like to see Darabont do some more of King’s work. Seems like Mike Flanagan is in the pole position for directing King’s work these days. Darabont is only 61, plenty of years left for him to make more King movies!

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