Disney Upset Mamet's 'Diary of Anne Frank' Too Dark, Not About Anne Frank

September 24, 2009


Disney is reportedly stalling plans for their adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank after discovering that David Mamet's screenplay, which for some reason the studio thought would be "Disney style" despite being a David Mamet screenplay that is about the Holocaust, is not at all in the Disney style. Also, it's not really about the The Diary of Anne Frank:

Developed by the studio’s chief of production, Oren Aviv, the project was recently rejected by the studio as “too dark” and put in turnaround, according to people involved.

But the screenplay is not a retelling of the famous Holocaust drama taken from the diaries of Frank, but about a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing.

"It's very intense, and dark and scary," said the executive. "It's not a film version of 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' The story evolved into something more intense."

Hopefully things go smoother when Disney moves on to hiring Quentin Tarantino to adapt Night.

Mamet's Anne Frank in Turnaround from Disney [WaxWorld]

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