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ANDREW SCHEINMAN, the producer, first became partnered with Rob Reiner for the development and production of films in early '84, though they had been close friends for many years previously. Their debut project was "The Sure Thing."
Scheinman, who was born in South Orange, New Jersey, and graduated with a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, decided at first to postpone a career in law in favor of one in the challenging world of professional tennis. As a result, the former captain of the Virginia tennis team spent several years playing on the pro tennis circuit.
Later, turning his attention to the possibilities of a career in film production, Scheinman moved to Los Angeles. There he joined forces with film producer Martin Shafer and together the two produced the 1979 Columbia Pictures release, "The Mountain Men," which starred Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.
Following that, Scheinman and Shafer co-produced three more features--"The Awakening," a 1980 production also starring Heston, "Modern Romance," the 1981 comedy release starring Albert Brooks, and in 1983, "Mother Lode," an action-adventure story of gold and greed again starring Heston.
About Stephen King...
The author of the novella, "The Body," on which the film, "Stand By Me," was based grew up in a small town much like the fictionalized Castle Rock. Born in Portland, Maine, writer Stephen King spent a large part of his youth in Durham, when he attended a one-room school with four other children. Later, receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Maine, he earned a bachelor's degree in English and met his future wife, Tabitha.
It was between studies in college that King began writing and then selling horror stories, first to mass-market men's magazines. His first short story sales paid him $35 each but his first four novels were rejected by publishers. By 1974, the Kings were living in a rented trailer while the author worked in a local laundromat to make ends meet.
Things turned around as he was paid a more generous sum of $250 for a short story called "Trucks" and then three months later, a surprise arrived in the mail, a $2,000 advance from Doubleday Publishers for the hardcover rights to a novel. That work, titled "Carrie," would become the first of the now very successful writer's fiction to reach an even wider audience on the motion picture screen.
Other films adapted from his work include "The Shining," "Silver Bullet," "Christine," "The Dead Zone," "Cujo," "Firestarter," "Children of the Corn" and "Cat's Eye." In addition to writing the screenplays for "Cat's Eye" and "Silver Bullet," he also wrote the original screenplay for "Creepshow." Recently, the author turned film director for "Maximum Overdrive," a big-screen adaptation of his original short story, "Trucks," and options have been taken on at least four other novels to be made into movies.
"The Body," a novella first published in the collection, "Different Seasons," is just one of the many shorter works by the author, who has seen more than 75 short stories published in his writing career. It is unique with its distinctively autobiographical feeling as it explores a two-day adventure made by a budding young writer and three friends.
Columbia Pictures presents an Act III Production of a Rob Reiner Film, "Stand By Me," starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland, and also starring Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer. Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans, based upon the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was produced by Andrew Scheinman, Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. Music is by Jack Nitzsche.