Speaking at the 35th Annual Saturn Awards, director Frank Darabont (“The Mist,” “The Shawshank Redemption”) tells STYD that his film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451” remains a high priority for him.
“That’s been a bit of a struggle. Hollywood doesn’t trust smart material… I actually had a studio head read that script and say: “Wow, that’s the best and smartest script that I’ve read since running this studio but I can’t possibly greenlight it.” I asked why and he says “How am I going to get 13-year-olds to show up at the theater?”.”
What about an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Long Walk”? “‘It’s going to be coming up I think pretty shortly. But I’ll be making it, I’m sure, even more cheaply than “The Mist” because I don’t want to blow the material out of proportion. It’s such a very simple, weird, almost art film-like approach to telling a story” says Darabont.