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Darabont's Rose

01.02.2008
A while back, Frank Darabont said he had no interest in directing anything he didn't write (or at least adapt from Stephen King). But now apparently his age and speed are a factor, so he's delegating some duties to guys like ATONEMENT scribe Christopher Hampton.

According to Hampton, Darabont may go from his long-in-development adaptation of FAHRENHEIT 451 to a biopic about Tokyo Rose, which Hampton is currently tapping out. According to the always reliable Wikipedia, Tokyo Rose was a Japanese-American woman named Iva Ikuko Toguri D'Aquino, who during WWII "was detained for a year by the U.S. military before being released for lack of evidence. Regardless, upon return to the U.S., the FBI began an investigation of her activities and she was subsequently charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office with eight counts of treason. Her 1949 trial resulted in a conviction on one count, making her the seventh American to be convicted on that charge. In 1974, investigative journalists found key witnesses had lied during testimony and other serious problems with the conduct of the trial. She was pardoned by U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1977, becoming the only U.S. citizen convicted of treason to be pardoned."

Hampton discusses the project a bit further and also briefly talks about the process of working with a writer like Darabont. You can read the whole interview RIGHT HERE.
Extra Tidbit: Another recent rumor claimed Darabont would write a sequel to BUCKAROO BANZAI. Personally I'd rather see him dust off his old DOC SAVAGE script and shoot that sucker.
Source: Collider

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