S T U D   C I T Y

The Story

Edward "Chico" May is a hardened and bitter 19-year-old unhappily still living at home in Castle Rock, Oregon. We see him on a stormy November night in 1963 during a sexual encounter with a girl from school named Jane Tessio. Although this is her first sexual experience, Chico displays little more than indifference towards her and seems lost in his own little world. Afterwards, he takes her home, stopping along the way to gas up his VW Bug, and returns to his house where he gets into an angry argument with is father and step mother. The fight, and his uncontrollable hatred of his step mother, sends him out into the night, away from his home and family and towards an uncertain future.

This story is interrupted several times by flashbacks of Castle Rock in the summer of 1959, a time and place portrayed in the 1986 film "Stand By Me." In these flashbacks, we learn about Chico's beloved older brother Johnnie, and the dark secret which Chico believes led to his fiery death; a death he blames on his step mother Virginia, who shares in the secret Chico feels he can never reveal.

The story originates from the novella "The Body" found in the "Different Seasons" collection by author Stephen King. It is the only story from the novella not featured in the film "Stand By Me." As a tribute to the popular film, characters and scenes have been added to create a tie-in with the Castle Rock, Oregon portrayed by director Rob Reiner in "Stand By Me": Jane is the older sister of Vern Tessio, the gas station scene takes place at "Quidacioluo's Country Store," junkman Milo Pressman and his dog "Chopper" appear briefly, audio of the same radio broadcasts are heard in some scenes, one famous scene is recreated in the background and much of the exterior footage and action will be shot at some of the same "Stand By Me" locations in Brownsville, Franklin and Cottage Grove in Oregon.



The Setting

Like the film "Stand By Me," the location of "Castle Rock" has been moved in "Stud City" to Oregon. To recreate this setting, most of the scenes and background settings will be shot in Brownsville, Oregon, which was the location for most of the scenes in "Stand By Me." Actual settings from the movie "Stand By Me" used in this film include "Quidacioluo's General Store" located in Franklin, Oregon, and the "Tessio" home, which is in Brownsville, and a set of railroad tracks in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Race track scenes will be filmed at Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, with additional exterior and interior footage to be shot in Medford and Ashland. Filming will take place in November 2000.

'Quidacioluo's Country Store' 1998
"Quidacioluo's Country Store" - 1998
Franklin, Oregon
'Quidacioluo's Country Store' 1986
"Quidacioluo's Country Store" - 1986
Franklin, Oregon
'Tessio' house
The 'Tessio House' 1986
Brownsville, Oregon


Project permission

This film project and script was approved by Stephen King in 1999, with notification authorizing production coming from his lawyer, who has offered to assist us in coordinating the license agreement once this project receives the go-ahead from the producers of "Stand By Me." We have also received permission from the family of 1960s songwriting legend Sal Pippa for use of (Dion and the Belmonts) "Lonely Teenager" as the title song, and are discussing the title song remake and sound track work with world famous Portland band Pink Martini.



Carl Stormer rides again!

Inspired by just two sentences from the "Stud City" short story, a 15-minute spoof of a kids cowboy show titled Carl Stormer & His Country Buckaroos was written and produced in 1991. This television show plays in the background during a key scene in "Stud City."



Ideal Cast List

The actors listed below represent the "ideal cast list" chosen for this production, but the final decision on casting still needs to be made in coordination with the talent, their management and their availiblity to work on this project. Some have expressed interest or commited to this project, some have been contacted regarding it and others have yet to be contacted. We are attempting to cast only actors who live in, or are from, the state of Oregon, but this is not a "rule." Not all parts in "Stud City" are listed below. Any changes to the prospective casting list of this production will be posted here. Confirmed casting commitments will be updated as they become available at the Internet Movie Database "Stud City" webpage at:

http://us.imdb.com/Details?0140577


Austin O'Brien
Austin O'Brien
Edward "Chico" May
Native of
Eugene, Oregon

Trever O'Brien
Trever O'Brien
Young "Chico"
Native of
Eugene, Oregon
Jason James Richter
Jason James Richter
Johnny May
Native of
Medford, Oregon








Annette O'Toole
Virginia May
Resident of
Ashland, Oregon

Patrick Duffy
Patrick Duffy
Sam May
Resident of
Applegate, Oregon
Matt Ross
Matt Ross
Bob Cormier
Native of
Ashland, Oregon
Ann Curry
Ann Curry
Catherine Harris
Native of
Ashland, Oregon
Catherine E. Coulson
Catherine E. Coulson
Elizabeth Tessio
Resident of
Ashland, Oregon

Bridgette Wilson
Bridgette Wilson
Sally Morrison
Native of
Gold Beach, Oregon








Clayton Corzatte
Milo Pressman
Resident of
Ashland, Oregon
Ric Holt
Ric Holt
Race Track Owner
Resident of
Ashland, Oregon
Sean Simmons
Sean Simmons
Carl Stormer
Resident of
Ashland, Oregon

Jack Elam
Jack Elam
Brownie Quidacioluo
Resident of
Ashland, Oregon

Mark Crumley
Mark Crumley
Chief Mechanic
Native of
Medford, Oregon



Also on the cast list:

Erik Nagel as Pit Crewman - resident of Ashland, Oregon
Brian Luman as Pit Crewman - resident of Ashland, Oregon
Rudy Deitz as Pit Crewman - resident of Ashland, Oregon
Joel Smith as TV show cast member - resident of Ashland, Oregon
Aaron Smith as TV show cast member - resident of Ashland, Oregon


The Crew

The director and scriptwriter for "Stud City" is Sean Parlaman.

Script Editor: Karen Williams.

Location Scout: Matt Russell.