Screenwriter Profile: Frank Darabont

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Frank Darabont has been consistently successful in this industry for the last 30 years. His scripts tend toward monster movies (often based on Stephen King novels), with such credits as The Blob, The Mist, Frankenstein, and the upcoming Godzilla movie. But he is also the creative force behind such films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Mr. Darabont is also the creator of the excessively popular The Walking Dead television series. He has been nominated for an Academy Award three times. (Listen to this clip for Mr. Darabont’s thoughts on how to succeed as a writer.)


Godzilla (screenplay) – 2014

Mob City (TV Series) – 2013

The Walking Dead (TV Series) – 2010

The Mist (screenplay) – 2007

The Green Mile (screenplay) – 1999

Black Cat Run (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay) – 1998

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (TV Movie) – 1996

Frankenstein (screenplay) – 1994

The Shawshank Redemption (screenplay) – 1994

Nightshift Collection (Video) – 1994

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series) (writer – 5 episodes) – 1992

Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) – 1990

Two-Fisted Tales (TV Movie) (segment “Showdown”) – 1992

The Fly II (screenplay) – 1989

The Blob (screenplay) – 1988

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (screenplay) – 1987


If you’re going to succeed, you’ve got to be like one of those punch-drunk fighters in the old Warner Bros. boxing pictures: too stupid to fall down, you just keep slugging and stay on your feet.

If you look at a classic horror movie like The Exorcist, part of what makes it so scary is that it feels so damn real. If you add a layer of too much hysterical, theatrical reality, then audiences take it less seriously. But if you play it for absolute reality, then the dread and the horror – which is why we go to horror movies in the first place – is reinforced.

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