Frank Darabont
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"Frank Darabont" is a Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and Film producer/producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In his early career he was primarily a screenwriter for horror (genre)/horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob (1988 film)/The Blob and The Fly II. As a director he is known for his film adaptations of Stephen King novels such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile (film)/The Green Mile, and The Mist (film)/The Mist. He also developed and executive produced the The Walking Dead (season 1)/first season and part of the The Walking Dead (season 2)/second season of the horror series The Walking Dead (TV series)/The Walking Dead and created the neo-noir series Mob City.

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[Then Willis called] Green Mile ... I found John Coffey.

It occurred to me last year that we were coming up on a 10-year anniversary, and I thought, I've been meaning to do a special edition DVD for some years anyway, what better time to do that.

There was obviously a concern, because nobody sets out to make a three-hour movie. Nobody particularly wants that.

I wrote a script, Steven loved it, wanted to shoot it this year. George didn't love it, it got sort of lost between two conflicting opinions and now I think they're trying to figure out what, if anything, to do from here.

I should thank God or somebody for inventing Michael Clarke Duncan.

Steven Spielberg's a huge influence on a lot of people, and Schindler's List still looks like a great movie.

He's delighted with it, ... And indeed, I think that for him, this really came from the heart, this piece. So to have it represented well to the movie-going audience was quite a pleasure for him.

I think Michael really brings the heart and the soul to this thing. The character of Coffey has to be perfection. If that role isn't perfection, if it's not played to perfection by an actor who can be vulnerable and expose his heart, I think the movie fails.

He's got such a spark of humanity, real humanism, in his work, even in the more obviously horror pieces, ... That's what I found most compelling about this story. It was a hell of an emotional journey.