About six weeks ago, Disney announced that it was considering a new movie based on The Diary of Anne Frank, with David Mamet to direct. Like most people, we had only one thought: David Mamet and Disney?!
The acclaimed director and playwright — who earned a Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross and a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for Wag the Dog — is famous for his poetic use of vile language and his unsparing examination of racial and sexual politics, hardly family-friendly stuff. It seemed like a match made in hell, and yesterday, Disney finally seemed to realize it.
The Wrap reports that the studio officially announced that they are abandoning the project. One executive made a statement to the press:
It's very intense, and dark and scary. It's not afilm version of The Diary of Anne Frank. The story evolved intosomething more intense.
Apparently, what Mamet had in mind was a complete reimagining. His version would involve a young girl who travels to present-day Israel and learns about the horrors of suicide bombing. The story would also involve a very intense examination of current anti-Semitism.
Again, we have to ask: Why was this ever brought to Disney?! Now that the project is in turnaround, we suppose Mamet will take it somewhere else. Hopefully, he'll exercise better judgment next time. Posted 09.25.09 by reelz