Frank Darabont during Creation Entertainment Presents Fangoria's 2007 Weekend Of Horrors - Day 1 at Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
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Director Frank Darabont Doesn't Think He Could Get The Shawshank Redemption Made Today
“The Shawshank Redemption,” the definitive prison movie, was released in 1994, and it's still the highest-rated film on IMDb. Despite its undeniable quality, director Frank Darabont doesn’t believe he could get the movie made today due to the current climate of studio interference, but he remains encouraged by the work of his peers in the studio system.
Darabont said to Indiewire, “I can't even begin to imagine the studio meddling that would have happened with a movie like 'Shawshank,' if not for Castle Rock (which produced it). Castle Rock was — it was the magic kingdom. They were an extraordinary place founded by a filmmaker who understood the creative autonomy that a filmmaker needs to do their best work.”
Darabont laments the lack of artist-friendly studios today, adding, “I don't know if there's room in our business today for a company like Castle Rock, which is a darn shame.” However, Darabont’s peers give him hope for the future of studio films, as he cited, “I see a guy like Danny Boyle going back time and time again, making one great movie after another.”