Since I haven’t issued a post for quite a while, I want to send out an update regarding what I’m currently working on.
Recently, I signed a “Dollar Baby” deal with Stephen King, giving me the permission to adapt one of his short stories to film! I thought I’d announce this as I recently heard from his offices, giving me the formal authorization to go through with the project.
Dollar Babies essentially work like this: I apply through King’s website. Once I’m accepted, they issue a contract. I sign the contract, include a dollar bill in the envelope, and mail it back to him. For that dollar, I’m granted the right adapt. One catch: I cannot distribute the film commercially, meaning I cannot make a profit off the final copy. Really, this is a project designed to show my potential down the road. I can, however, enter the short movie into non-profit festivals and luckily for me, there is a good number of them.
The story I’m adapting is titled ‘One For The Road.’ The short story can be found in his Night Shift Collection. It is a sequel to his second published novel, ‘Salem’s Lot. Though the story itself presents a few difficulties production-wise, I believe it’s entirely doable with the time and patience I’m willing to dedicate. Give it a read if you have a copy on hand. It’s a great little tale!
I recently squared away the script and created a rough budget. Once I work out the budget, to the exact dollar, I’m putting together a Kickstarter campaign to bring this project together. I’m very excited to work on this as it’ll be an entirely new experience for me!
If you live in Kankakee County and have any interest in taking part in this project, I’d love to talk to you! Just go ahead and send me a message or text if you know my number. Thanks a lot, and I will keep up with the updates!