The witty David Mamet has been rejected. A couple of weeks after the Pulitzer prize winning screenwriter decided to take on Anne Frank — something unlike his other works — Disney has put his script in turnaround because of its dark flaws, reports The Wrap.
Unlike the George Stevens‘ film the Diary of Anne Frank, Mamet’s screenplay was going to include material from Frank’s diary, the 1955 stage play The Diary of Anne Frank and of course, Mamet’s own take on the story about a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing.
It seems like Mamet’s take was what scared off Disney (no surprise there). The chief of production, Oren Aviv dismissed Mamet’s script by saying:
“It’s very intense, and dark and scary. It’s not a film version of The Diary of Anne Frank. The Story evolved into something more intense.”
Something more intense? It’s about being Jewish during the Holocaust what did they expect? I don’t know about you, but the fact that someone’s reason for rejecting it was because, “It’s very intense, and dark and scary,” is the exact reason why I want to see this project get made. Anne Frank is one of the most famous Holocaust figures of all time because of the intensity of her story. Hopefully the project gets picked up by another studio who’s not afraid to let Mamet’s ‘scary’ script breathe some new air into a story that is always worth retelling.
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