September 21, 2019
25 years after its release, The Shawshank Redemption is just as powerful and career-changing now as it was then.
Shawshank Redemption is the best Stephen King adaptation ever.
Frank Darabont’s perfect screenplay captures the tricky tone of King’s novella effortlessly, while enhancing the source material with its dramatic license — all in the service of theme and character. Of telling an intimate, emotional epic at human height — so that every victory wrongfully-imprisoned Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) earns or traumatic setback he suffers feels like one of our own.
But executing that vision, those intents, obviously wasn’t easy. In fact, in a recent interview with Empire, Darabont shared that “every day of filming felt like a failure.” He felt what all directors do: They didn’t have enough time or money. It’s inspiring that even someone at his level feels imposter syndrome, and on his film’s 25th anniversary, Darabont shares two behind-the-scenes moments that changed his process. They can also change yours.