Frank Darabont claims that ‘Life Sentence’ (‘The Shawshank Redemption’) could not be done in today’s Hollywood

It has been a whopping twenty-five years since the wonderful ‘Life Sentence’ was released and, the truth is, the quarter century does not seem to have affected her at all. And it is that, every time it is broadcast unexpectedly on television, some kind of almost mystical force forces us to leave the remote control on the table to see it again for the umpteenth time and end up crying like a cupcake.

But its director, Frank Darabont, has a much clearer and more earthly explanation that makes sense of facts like that This Stephen King adaptation continues to be anchored at # 1 out of 250 on IMDB which ranks it as the highest rated film in history —above ‘The Godfather’—: human nature.

“No matter how ironic a culture is, no matter how sarcastic it becomes, there are certain things that people cling to. There is a certain sincerity that people respond to, a certain generosity that people want to experience. people want to believe that there is goodness and a moral compass in the world. And I think that’s why ‘Life Sentence’ has this effect on people. It’s the element of the Stephen King story that I reacted to, and it seems like a very timeless. “

An industry with new priorities

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This reflection has been extracted during an interview that the medium Indiewire he has made the director on the occasion of the anniversary of what is probably his masterpiece. But the real diamond in the rough of the conversation between media and filmmaker ended up showing up when he was asked if he was going to get back behind the scenes to direct a new feature film; moment in which let out their disappointment in the current model of American industry.

“Well, that depends entirely on Hollywood. I’m not the guy you’d want to hire to direct a superhero movie, and that seems to be the big focus these days. My type of realization might be slightly old-fashioned. We’ll see if there’s any left over. Gas in the tank for me, but I have a couple of things that I would love to do if I can find them a home and find financing. But I’m not going to hold my breath, this is Hollywood after all, and there are a lot of people turning blue for putting up with it. “

And, after this aperitif, Darabont, which has not had a film premiere for ten years since the launch of the splendid ‘The fog’, dropped the bomb: He does not believe that ‘Life imprisonment’ could be done today.

“I’m absolutely convinced that I couldn’t make that movie today. I don’t think I could do ‘The Green Mile’. I don’t think I could do ‘The Majestic’ today. I can’t even begin to imagine the studio meddling. , which is what would have happened in ‘Life sentence’ had it not been for [la productora] Castle Rock. Castle Rock was the magic kingdom. It was an extraordinary place founded by a filmmaker who understood the creative autonomy that a filmmaker needs to do the best job possible. I don’t know if there’s room in our business today for a company like Castle Rock, which is a bloody shame. “

With these statements, Darabont joins the voices that are raising concerned – and that, personally, I support – in seeing how the machinery of the seventh art is increasingly fed by figures, estimates and forecasts of risks, instead of doing it from talent, freedom, creativity and good ideas.

You can read the full interview, in which the director talks about topics such as the advantages and disadvantages of digital projection in this link.

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Frank Darabont claims that ‘Life Sentence’ (‘The Shawshank Redemption’) could not be done in today’s Hollywood