decided that he didn't need to cash his check for the story rights to The Shawshank Redemption
. The movie is based off of King's novella Rita Hayworth
and Shawshank Redemption, which was included in 1982's Different Seasons. The story rights were purchased by director Frank Darabont
in 1987, but he did not adapt it into a feature-length movie until 1994. Darabont wrote the script in an 8 week period and the movie was greenlit 2 weeks after he submitted the final script.
Frank Darabont purchased the story rights to The Shawshank Redemption
from Stephen King for $5,000. In a new interview discussing the success of the movie, King admits that he never cashed the check that he received from Darabont. But, he was able to repurpose it. The article goes on to say that the author actually sent the check back to Darabont. The article explains.
"Mr. King never cashed the $5,000 check (director