Frank Darabont (Montbéliard, Doubs, France, January 28, 1959) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter of Hungarian origin.
Frank Darabont's parents left Hungary after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and his son was born in a refugee camp in Montbéliard, Doubs, France. Shortly after he was born, and when he was still a baby, his family moved to the United States.
Darabont entered the world of cinema at the age of 20. One of his first works was a short film titled Dollar Baby based on the adaptation of a novel by Stephen King (1983). From this short film, King granted Darabont the rights to adapt the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption for the cinema, which he would shoot after him.
Darabont shot his first feature film in 1990. It was called Buried Alive and it was a film for American cable television. Success came to him when in 1994 he made the adaptation of a King play. The film was called The Shawshank Redemption and Darabont was in charge of adapting the script and directing it. For this film Darabont was nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, in addition to getting another nomination in the category of best film. However, it did not get the nomination in the category of best direction.
Before beginning his career as a director, Darabont had already excelled writing scripts for horror films, including A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob and The Fly II. In addition, he wrote several scripts for the George Lucas and Steven Spielberg television series The Young Indiana Jones Adventures.
After a five-year stint, Darabont returned to directing in 1999. The film was titled The Green Mile and Darabont wrote, produced and directed it. As with his previous work, the film was based on a play by Stephen King, and was very well received by critics. And as it also happened before, the film was nominated for the Academy Awards in the categories of best picture and best adapted screenplay, but like its previous film, it also did not get a nomination in the category of best direction. This film was followed in 2001 by The Majestic, although this film was not as successful as the previous ones.
Frank Darabont is considered one of the most talented screenwriters in Hollywood, having advised, for example, on the scripts of two Steven Spielberg films: Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report.
Darabont is married to Karyn Wagner, with whom he has two daughters, Claire and Alice.
Frank Darabont at the Internet Movie Database.