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Darabont gives up on Farenheit 451?

FrankDarabont.jpgFrank Darabont has been trying to get his adaptation of the classic Farenheit 451 taken on by a studio but to no avail, and it looks like he might just have given up as he turns to the Hollywood machine and accepts his fate as he prepares to bring a zombie graphic novel to film.

The Walking Dead is a graphic novel series written by Robert Kirkman (Amazon.co.uk / >Amazon.com) and is now in the hands of Frank Darabont to adapt into a dramatic film.

It seems though that this isn't a straight Hollywood take on the zombie story, and that it will be a much more intelligent view of the idea of a zombie outbreak and of humans becoming the hunted.

According to Joel Stillerman, the Senior Vice President of Programming, Production and Content (with one hell of a wide doorway) at AMC, the production company behind the film:

"This is not about zombies popping out of closets…This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world (in 'Walking Dead') is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way."

So it sounds an excellent project for Frank Darabont then, who has made some very intelligent scripts and films, and even made an intelligent Stephen King adaptation with The Mist (Filmstalker review), a film that could so easily have turned into some serious nonsense but didn't.

The adaptation is to stay in touch with the feel of the original novels according to Variety through Quiet Earth, and will follow a group of survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Led by a former Police Officer called Rick Grimes, they search for a safe place to stay.

However this does suggest that Darabont has given up on trying to get his Farenheit 451 script turned into a reality, despite his hard work. Of course he admits the problem, the studio executives want to capture their thirteen year old target audience with every single film, here we go with Walking Dead.



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