Facts About "The Shawshank Redemption" You Probably Didn't Know - The Delite
Facts About “The Shawshank Redemption” You Probably Didn’t Know

The Movie’s Based On A Stephen King Novella

Stephen King’s more well known for his horror writing, but he’s also written plenty of more dramatic tales. Many of them have received critical acclaim, both in written form and in their film adaptations. The Shawshank Redemption is no exception to this rule. It was originally titled Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and was part of a collection with other stories, including Apt Pupil and The Body (this would later be adapted into the film Stand by Me). King had actually sold the film right to the movie’s director, Frank Darabont, for a mere $5,000. But he never cashed the check. Darabont and King were good friends. He even mailed the check back to him in a frame with the inscription, “In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve”.