Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont started as a production assistant before he climbed the ladder in Hollywood to make a Stephen King trilogy and adapt Robert Kirkman’s comic book, The Walking Dead. Darabont has had some issues with AMC since he created the series but his pilot is a must-read for Dead fans.
Frank Darabont’s first film credit was the remarkable movie, The Shawshank Redemption. Many consider Shawshank the greatest movie of all time and almost everyone has the film in their top ten list. Thanks to the success of this Stephen King adaptation, Darabont then wrote and directed The Green Mile and The Mist.
Thanks to the success of these films, Frank Darabont acquired the rights to develop The Walking Dead for AMC.
Rick Grimes, A “Speck” On The Walking Dead
In Frank Darabont’s pilot, “Days Gone Bye,” Rick Grimes is first described as a “speck.” Sometimes, a screenplay will describe a person before they give that person a name.
For example, in Quentin Tarantino’s infamous script for Pulp Fiction, the first two characters are originally listed as Young Man and Young Woman. But once they call themselves Pumpkin and Honey Bunny, he lists their new titles.
In “Days Gone Bye,” Darabont describes that infamous opening of a clean, well maintained highly. Then, he wrote, “There’s nothing moving at all. Nothing to disturb the silence. Nothing. Until a speck appears on the highway.” The “speck” then becomes a “County Police Cruiser,” which later shows Officer Rick Grimes.