Disney has purchased the rights for a new film version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and have tapped writer-director David Mamet (Redbelt) to preside over the production.
Mamet will cull together pieces of the infamous diary and the original play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich to piece together his production. He’s also expected to bring his own take on the material, telling Frank’s story as a young girl’s rite-of-passage.
Anne Frank’s diary was written during her family’s time hidden in the Netherlands during the German occupation. She was eventually arrested and thrown into a concentration camp where she died of typhus. She was 15.
There are two oddities I find in this story. The first is that Disney is doing a film about Anne Frank. A studio synonymous with children’s fare is depicting one of the hardest lives lived by a child. The second oddity is that David Mamet, very much an adult storyteller, will be realizing the feature film. He’ll almost certainly bring his unique brand of dialogue to the table and you have to wonder just how many curse words a 15-year-old Anne will spout. Need we forget, Mamet brought us this classic. Again, I think it’s an odd combination, but one that certainly intrigues. What do you think of the potential?