Thursday, August 13, 2009
Disney has acquired the film rights to a new rendition of "The Diary of Anne Frank," to be written and helmed by David Mamet.
The film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's rite of passage. Frank, who died at 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, became an icon of the Holocaust after the post-war publication of the diary that she kept during the two years that her family hid in a secret attic apartment in Amsterdam.
The Frank story has been told several times on TV, most recently the BBC's adaptation starring Ellie Kendrick (pictured).