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Ranjeet Marwa is working towards becoming cinema king

One of horror writer Stephen King’s most gruesome stories will be made into a film by young Birmingham film-maker Ranjeet Singh Marwa.

Ranjeet has signed a contract with the world famous author to write the screenplay and direct his vision for the 1977 short story The Man Who Loved Flowers. The 23 year old is studying film and animation at Birmingham City University and was thrilled to be given the go-ahead by Mr King’s publicist. He is planning to raise £1,000 to fund the project himself.

In the story, a man who is apparently love-struck buys a bunch of flowers and rushes to a woman in an alley way, but he reaches for a hammer and the outcome is in the vein of most of King’s famous stories.

Ranjeet, who is from Handsworth, said: “I’ve already done the screenplay and hope to start filming around Edgbaston later this month. I think it’ll take around four days to do as the film won’t be any longer than 20 minutes.

“I’ll have to send it to Stephen King for approval once it’s done, but I’m a big fan of his so this is a dream come true for me.”

He is hoping that he will be able to show the film in Birmingham.

One of his other projects, four-minute Saw-inspired horror The Beginning, is under consideration for a screening at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival in September. It is also nominated for a horror award at the London Independent Film Festival.

He is also hoping to turn his short film Samurai Diablo, a homage to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, into a full length feature film.

“That’s going to be self-funded too, but it’ll be more expensive than the Stephen King film at around £7,000 because I’m hoping it’ll be 90 minutes long,” added Ranjeet.

“But it’s all going great for me at the moment with films.

“I’d love to hit Hollywood one day, but we’ll have to see about that just yet.”

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