Frank Darabont might not be thought of in the same league as David Fincher or Bryan Singer as one of the cooler filmmakers in the business, but just knowing that he will be involved in something… anything… is usually cause for celebration. Cineastes have been waiting more than four years to see what the director of “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” will bring forth next, whether it be his long-promised adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist” or a new version of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” or some other project we couldn’t possibly imagine. Today, FilmJerk.com has learned that Darabont fans will only have to wait a short time to see what the director does next.
Graham Yost, the creator of the hit 1994 film “Speed” and the critically acclaimed 2002 TV series “Boomtown,” has received the green light from NBC to start production on “Seeing Red,” yet another drama involving someone who sees dead people. This time around, Michael “Red” Raines is an LAPD Detective working out of Hollywood who often helps solve murder cases with the assistance of those who were killed. So how does Darabont fit in with all thisr He has just signed on to direct the pilot episode for the show, the first time he had directed for television since the 1990 television movie “Buried Alive.” Not that a major filmmaker doing television while waiting for their next feature is any big deal. Steven Soderbergh directed episodes of “K Street,” Bryan Singer directed two of the first season episodes for “House,” Stephen Hopkins has directed a dozen episodes of “24” and Fernando Meirelles directed episodes of the “City of Men” show based on his film “City of God,” but these are shows those filmmakers are or were involved in as executive producers at the time. Darabont appears to simply be a director-for-hire this time around, something that may be a first for such a major, Oscar-nominated filmmaker to do.
Shooting on the pilot will begin in Los Angeles during the first week of March.
“Seeing Red” Scorecard
Executive Producer: Graham Yost
Director: Frank Darabont
Writer: Graham Yost
Shooting Location: Los Angeles, CA
Production Start Date: First week of March 2005
Television Network: NBC