Paranoid is leaving the Internet

Posted: August 22, 2002, 00:00

Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2002) - The official limited release of Paranoid, the first Stephen King "Dollar-Baby" to receive permission to be released on the Internet, is about to come to an end. This marks the final week in which Paranoid will be able to be downloaded or viewed online.

The 8-minute adaptation has received rave reviews during it's limited, eight month engagement across the World Wide Web.

Paranoid made its World Wide Web debut January 25th on (a privately held company based in Hollywood, CA) and quickly gained popularity, amassing more than 21,000 views in its first week and climbing to the #7 slot for most popular short film on the entertainment network's vast website of more than 80,000 films. To date Paranoid has racked up more than 35,000 views from and more than 6,000 downloads of the official "hi-rez" version from

Adakin Productions' most recent project The Night Before, is currently in post-production. A trailer of the film is now available online at

Stephen King's self-dubbed "Dollar-Deal" is a policy the writer established early in his career to grant young filmmaker's the permission to make a movie out of any of his short stories as long as the resulting film will not be exhibited commercially without his approval. For this one-time right, King asks only for a copy of the finished film and the grand total of one dollar. The most famous "Dollar-Baby" (as King dubs the finished products and the filmmakers who create them) is Frank Darabont's adaptation of The Woman in the Room (released in the early 1980s on Interglobal Home Video). Darabont later went on to adapt the multi-Academy Award nominated films The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

For more information on Paranoid, visit