His star is now riding so high that Robert de Niro, the actor, who is about to direct the £50 million-plus film The Good Shepherd, asked King to be the producer. However, King has turned down the offer.
"I walked away from that," he said. "It is one of the best screenplays I have ever read, but Bob wants to shoot it early next year and I'm just not ready for that," he said. "I want to enjoy the next few months with The Aviator."
"The Departed" screenwriter - and Boston homey - William Monahan scouting sites for the Matt Damon-Leonardo DiCaprio flick with two of Martin Scorsese's producers...
THE experience of fleeing a hotel fire seems to have stoked the flames of desire in Matt Damon.
The star of The Bourne Supremacy, who's in the UK with pal Brad Pitt to promote Ocean's Twelve, was snapped giggling and cuddling up on a limo backseat with his Argentinian girlfriend Luciana Barroso and another girl pal as they left the swanky Mayfair restaurant Nobu.
Earlier on Thursday Damon, 34, escaped a blaze at Claridge's and it clearly did wonders for his lust for life. Some blokes are just Bourne lucky.