Frank Darabont has been involved in filmmaking since the age of 20. Darabont made the semi-final list for Academy Award consideration in 1993, for his adaptation of Stephen King's The Woman in the Room, from the Night Shift collection . Stephen King releases the movie rights to this story for $1, a regular thing King did for budding filmmakers. This success led to Stephen King giving Frank Darabont the rights to the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption from the Different Seasons collection.
Before becoming a successful director, Frank Darabont was a successful and in-demand screenwriter. He contributed to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob, and Fly II.
Buried Alive was the first feature length movie than Frank Darabont directed. It aired on USA network TV in 1990. Darabont then worked as a writer for George Lucas's television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Frank Darabont become famous after writing and directing The Shawshank Redemption movie. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1995 Academy Awards. The film was nominated for the Best Picture award, but was beaten by Forest Gump, which swept the board that year.
After five years Frank Darabont scripted, produced and directed The Green Mile movie. This movie was also based on a Stephen King story, and was extremely well received. The Green Mile was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture and Darabont was nominated for his second Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. Two years later in 2001 he followed with The Majestic, which was not so well received as Shawshank and Green Mile.
Frank Darabont's great script writing abilities where used on Stephen Spielberg's movies Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report.
Darabont's novella "Walpuski's Typewriter" was published in 2005 by Cemetery Dance Publications. Darabont wrote the story in his early twenties, and it first appeared in the magazine Midnight Graffiti.
Frank Darabont lives in the United States. He was born in a French refugee camp, after his parents fled Hungary after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. His family later moved to the United States.
- Buried Alive (1990) - director
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - director, screenwriter
- The Green Mile (1999) - director, screenwriter, producer
- The Majestic (2001) - director, producer
- The Mist (2007)
- Fahrenheit 451 (2007)