The Shawshank Redemption’s director and writer, Frank Darabont, was offered $2.5 million from Rob Reiner to let him write and direct it instead, and cast Tom Cruise as Andy and Harrison Ford as Red. Darabont refused, saying that this was his “chance to do something really great.”
Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.
Despite a lukewarm box office reception that barely recouped its budget, the film received multiple award nominations and favorable reviews from critics for its acting and realism. It has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. It was included in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition.
Darabont secured the film adaptation rights from author Stephen King after impressing the author with his short film adaptation of The Woman in the Room in 1983. Although the two had become friends and maintained a pen-pal relationship, Darabont did not work with him until four years later in 1987, when he optioned to adapt Shawshank. This is one of the more famous Dollar Deals made by King with aspiring filmmakers. Darabont later directed The Green Mile (1999), which was based on another work about a prison by Stephen King, and then followed that up with an adaptation of King’s novella The Mist.
Rob Reiner, who had formerly tailored another Master novella, The Body, into the film Take a position by Me (1986), provided $2.5 thousand in an make an effort to create and immediate Shawshank. He organized to throw Tom Vacation in the part of Andrew and Harrison Honda as Red. Darabont seriously regarded and liked Reiner’s perspective, but he eventually made the decision it was his “chance to do something really great” by guiding the film himself.
Though the film is set in Maine, the Tennesse Condition Reformatory in Mansfield, Tennesse, provided as the imaginary Shawshank Jail. Though a large part of the prison was ripped down after shooting, the main management developing and two mobile prevents remained; the website would be revisited later for shooting areas of the film Air Power One. Several of the inner photos of the specific prison features, such as the accessibility bedrooms and the warden’s office, were taken in the reformatory. The inner of the getting on room used by Streams and Red was in the management developing, though external photos were made elsewhere. The prison website continues to be a vacationer fascination as of 2011. Internal moments in the prison cellblocks were actually taken on a soundstage designed within the encompassing shuttered Westinghouse manufacturer. Town center moments were also taken in Mansfield, as well as nearby Ashland, Tennesse. The oak shrub under which Andrew buries his correspondence to Red is situated at 40°39′14″N 82°23′31″W, near Malabar Village Condition Recreation area, in Lucas, Tennesse. The shrub was intensely broken by straight-line gusts of wind in a storm on This summer 29, 2011; authorities are uncertain if the shrub will endure.
The film was devoted to Allen Greene, an broker and a close personal buddy of the film’s movie director, Honest Darabont. Greene passed away soon before the film was published due to problems of HIV/AIDS.