The Shawshank Residuals

Via Daring Fireball, a WSJ article about The Shawshank Redemption and how it continues to resonate and bring in money 20 years later.

I suspect my daughter, years from now, will still be getting checks

– Bob Gunton, warden in Shawshank

“Shawshank” was becoming that priceless entertainment property—a repeater. Viewers watched it again and again

Agreed. I’ll watch it anytime it’s on.

I didn’t realize it was based on a Stephen King novella. He got a check for $5.000.

Mr. King never cashed the $5,000 check Mr. Darabont sent him for the right to turn his story into a movie. Years after “Shawshank” came out, the author got the check framed and mailed it back to the director with a note inscribed: “In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve

The funniest quote also comes from Stephen King. The novella was set in Maine and after he heard about casting Morgan Freeman…

Mr. King recalls: “I said, ‘Frank, at that time there were like 16 black men in the state of Maine, and you still want this guy to be black?”

I can’t imagine the movie without Morgan Freeman…

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