Screenwriter Profile: Frank Darabont

fahrenheit451The Writer:

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.)

Credits:

Godzilla (screenplay) Р2014

Mob City (TV Series) Р2013

The Walking Dead (TV Series) Р2010

The Mist (screenplay) Р2007

The Green Mile (screenplay) Р1999

Black Cat Run (TV Movie) (story) / (teleplay) Р1998

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father (TV Movie) Р1996

Frankenstein (screenplay) Р1994

The Shawshank Redemption (screenplay) Р1994

Nightshift Collection (Video) Р1994

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series) (writer Р5 episodes) Р1992

Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) Р1990

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

The Fly II (screenplay) Р1989

The Blob (screenplay) Р1988

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (screenplay) Р1987

Quotes:

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 Рwhich is why we go to horror movies in the first place Рis reinforced.

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