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FRANK DARABONT(writer-director-producer) returns to the director's chair for the first time in five years following his triumphant big-screen debut on Castle Rock's 1994 drama, "The Shawshank Redemption," which collected seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Darabont himself received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation, a Writers Guild nomination and a Directors Guild of America nomination for his work on the Stephen King drama. He also won the Humanitas Prize, the PeENWest Award and the Scriptor Award from University of Southern California for his screenplay.

Prior to "The Shawshank Redemption," Darabont directed the USA Network cable movie "Buried Alive," which starred Jennifer Jason Leigh and became one of the network's highest-rated features. He also helmed the PBS short film "The Woman in the Room," which he also adapted from a story by Stephen King.

Darabont established himself as a writer after spending his early years in Hollywood as a production assistant and set decorator. He first worked as a production aide on the 1981 fright film "Hell Night," at which time he became associated with filmmaker Chuck Russell.

With Russell, Darabont co-wrote the motion pictures "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors" and the 1988 remake of the classic 1950s horror film "The Blob." His other feature credits include "The Fly II," the sequel to David Cronenberg's 1986 classic.

He also wrote seven episodes of the ABC series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" and two segments of HBO's popular anthology series, "Tales from the Crypt," earning a Writers Guild nomination for the the segment entitled "The Ventriloquist's Dummy." Recently, Darabont wrote and executive-produced the HBO telefilm "Black Cat Run," directed by D.J. Caruso.

He also helmed the independent short film "The Woman in the Room," which he also adapted from a story by Stephen King that eventually aired on PBS.

Darabont currently has several projects in development at Castle Rock Entertainment that include "The Bijou," "Salton Sea" and an adaptation of the classic action-adventure tale, "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze," for actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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