A six-year-old Tucson, Arizona, boy went viral after his mother posted a picture of him alone at his birthday party. Teddy handed out 32 invitations to his classmates, but no one showed up to his party at a local pizza restaurant.
The picture caught the attention of two Phoenix sports teams, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Rising football team, who offered the birthday boy free tickets to celebrate with them at upcoming games.
Despite his literary career being worth millions of dollars, Stephen King did not hesitate to sell the rights to one of his stories for the meager sum of $1 so that a group of film students could make a movie adaption. The story rights were bought by film students from the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Tredegar, Wales. School officials initially contacted King’s team about making a film adaption of “Stationary Bike”, one of the short stories that was published in his “Just After Sunset” collection. The short story is about a man who buys a stationary bike as a means of fending off his high cholesterol – but as he exercises, he begins to have strange visions about his body.
King’s team wrote back to the academy and said that they could buy the rights to the story as part of the author’s “Dollar Babies program” which sells his unadapted stories to students and youngsters for heavily discounted prices.
King has spent the last 40 years using the program as a way of boosting the careers of young filmmakers. Once the script is finished, it will be produced by 30 other film students from the academy. After that, they will hopefully be taking the finished product to film festivals.
King’s only other contractual condition for the adaption is that he receive a copy of the movie once it’s finished.