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David Mamet to Direct "Diary of Anne Frank"

Posted: August 12th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
David Mamet to Direct "Diary of Anne Frank"Submit Comment
Disney has acquired rights to a new rendition of "The Diary of Anne Frank," to be written and helmed by David Mamet (Heist, Spartan). 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 right 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.

Producer Andrew Braunsberg, best known for producing "Being There," spent a year gathering the rights from the Anne Frank Estate as well as the estates of Hackett and Goodrich. He met with ICM's John Burnham, who recommended Mamet. Mamet sparked to the opportunity tell the story, and he is already writing the script.

A 1959 big screen rendition of Hackett and Goodrich's "Diary of Anne Frank" earned an Oscar for Shelley Winters. The Frank story has been told several times on TV, most recently ABC's 2001 Emmy-winning mini "Anne Frank: The Whole Story."

Source: Variety


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dandythelion writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 6:50:46 AM

if Mamet does it then I supose it might be good. I just hope he isn't going so far as to draw comparisons to Schindlers List and actually make it about Anne herself.
dandythelion writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 6:51:43 AM

Being There is an amazing film by the way. so i'm glad Andrew Braunsberg is involved as well.
Jensama writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 9:57:37 AM

Hasn't this been done like, oooh I dunno - 300 times? The story is great - but the movies about it are kind of as dead as those 300 spartans are. Historical and famous yes - but dead. Leave it alone and stop making remakes on remakes on remakes on remake-.... You get my point.
ACTIONFIGURE writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 10:27:14 AM

Anne Frank...World Hide and seek champion 1942-1944.
Ranger writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 12:17:35 PM

Teenager hiding in an attic.

HAWT!
c-prime writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 12:20:48 PM

I can't wait to hear Anne Frank, in traditional Mamet fashion, shout the words "f*ck this f*cking Holocaust!"
SACdaddy writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 12:24:08 PM

I'd rather watch R Kelly's Trapped in the Closet.
KROQ writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 12:41:01 PM

Disney? ... guess Anne Frank will sail away on a hot air balloon just as the SS burst in the room
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 12:41:15 PM

with hillary duff?
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 12:42:17 PM

trailers already out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDvq7XMESas
Sev writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 2:38:13 PM

Could be a good film, but sounds like another film that's going to be made for the academy awards
Rich k writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 2:46:26 PM

i think its funny when they talk about anne frank in clerks 2
DOLAN writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 3:05:23 PM

Chanukkah is for closers?

Mamet's gold.
super_suck writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 3:36:33 PM

disney version : anne lives, its a musical regardless of having to stay quiet so they dont get caught, she falls in love with a talking rat and she escapes the attic at night for recon intell.
DOLAN writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 3:47:02 PM

Get Donald Sutherland for the wise old owl she talks to at night and you've got yourself a deal.
GIJOE was a cock garage writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 4:00:02 PM

Who cares, I know how this ends.
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 4:10:04 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDvq7XMESas

Just pointing this out to you again, here's the trailer for the movie.
DoucheNozzle writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 4:44:04 PM

Get ready for David Mamet's Anne Frank: Retribution! As the Nazis open the closet door, Anne stands there, machine gun in hand, and glares into the sullen eyes of the enemy. She shouts, "Time for you muthaf*ckin' c*ckroach f*ckas to get your goddamn comeuppance! It's time to be Frank!!! Anne cuts down the Nazis with a crazed look in her eyes. With her growing reputation as a badass Jewish motherf*cker, she singlehandedly drives the Nazis back to Berlin. Coming summer 2011!!!
GIJOE was a cock garage writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 6:31:54 PM

Eh, she looks fat in that picture. I really don't want to watch a 2 hour movie about some fat girl with a writing problem talking about cup cakes and her back fat.
Ranger writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 7:36:40 PM

lol.
synthetic1985 writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 7:39:26 PM

wtf?...i've seen more than 2 movies based on this story....they say there's several tv shows...and DISNEY of all companies should know well enough that this isn't a KIDS movie...that's just one thing, here's another....since when does disney start making films based on the holocaust???...i know the holocaust is an important thing for people to know...and no offense, but for disney to do this, i don't see kids begging the sh*t out of their mommies and daddies to see this...couldn't a different company make it?...i mean they're gonna show us in a pg or pg-13 rating what happened to these people...when an R-rating could be more realistic, or a doc*mentary...or a film based on true events...not some silly modern made up version
synthetic1985 writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 7:40:53 PM

@ douche....that was hilarious
BloodyMickJagger writes:
on August 12th, 2009 at 7:41:38 PM

c-prime, good call. Cant wait to hear all the f*cks in the movie. i'm sure disney will approve too! My friend and I were re-quoting GGR but with WW2 references. try it, its fun!
KROQ writes:
on August 13th, 2009 at 12:22:02 AM

f*ck JEWS bring NOTHING to the table

Shame Hitler wasn't smart enough to exterminate enough
VDODSON writes:
on August 13th, 2009 at 2:45:04 AM

KROQ, your a f*cking idiot.

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