David Mamet, the quick talking, witty writer/director has decided to take on something new, the Holocaust – and more to the point, one of the most famous people to come out of the Holocaust, Anne Frank.
When I think I Mamet I think of the Pulitzer prize winning screenwriter who came up with “steak knives” for Glengarry Glen Ross and “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow” for Wag the Dog, I don’t immediately jump to one of the most haunting and beautiful stories from WWII.
That being said, the writer/director has bought the writes to the new rendition of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and plans to writer and direct the film…
Mamet will produce with Andrew Braunsberg, who is best known for producing Being There. According to Variety, Braunsberg has spent years, gaining the rights to Frank’s diary and met with ICM’s John Burnham, who recommended Mamet. Mamet was more than excited to tackle the project and has already begun writing.
This is one of the most well known and loved stories of all time. Of course Mamet would want a piece of that but its already easy to see how people will try to rip it apart. It’s not the first time it’s come to the screen. Back in 1958, Shelley Winters won an Oscar for Hackett and Goodrich’s version of “Diary of Anne Frank” and the story has been told several times on TV programs. That being said, the story either wins awards or gets buried. Mamet has won his fair share of awards and knows how to write a great screenplay and get it to the screen.
That being said, this is a new terriotory for him and it will be interesting to see what he’s going to do with it.
Do you think this will be the next Oscar winner or the next big flop?