The Shawshank Redemption is one of those movies that you just have to see at some point in your life. When it was released in 1994, it rose to success, and everyone connected with the moment Andy Dufresne got locked up for something he didn’t do. We loved watching relationships blossom, and we cried at the end (you know the bit), but if you haven’t seen the movie in awhile and wanted to catch up… take a look at 19 The Shawshank Redemption secrets you probably didn’t know…
The movie was based on a book
As with all of the classics, The Shawshank Redemption was originally based on a novella, by Stephen King. The movie was adapted from his book, Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, and this book was one of four within a collection called “Different Seasons”. It’s said that the idea for this novella came to King from all of his memories watching prison movies when he was younger. So there’s hope for us prison-fanatics yet…
King and Tolstoy?
It’s even said that Stephen King’s novella shares a connection with Leo Tolstoy’s God Sees the Truth, But Waits – which is a nine-page story that shares a similar plot story to King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Seemingly, both of the main characters within their stories are sent to prison for crimes (more specifically, murders) that they didn’t commit.
It’s said that Stephen King never cashed the $5000 dollar check that he was given for his movie rights. Instead of using the money for himself, King framed the check years after the movie’s release and sent it back to The Shawshank Redemption’s writer/director, Darabont, with a note that said, “In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.” Legend.
Darabont is known for being one of the best writers and directors out there – mainly because he wrote and directed The Shawshank Redemption. He wrote the script for this (extremely long) movie in eight weeks and dropped the ‘Rita Hayworth’ part from the novella because he felt it gave the wrong impression.
Even though he chose not to add in the ‘Rita Hayworth’ aspect, he still had actresses sending their resumes to him for him to consider for the part… which didn’t exist. He even had a phone call from a casting agent who had supposedly read the script, loved it and felt that one of her supermodels would be perfect for the part of Rita. Right.