Award-winner Mamet to direct Disney 'Anne Frank' remake

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 12, 2009 at 2:11 PM EDT

Pulitzer-prize winning playwright David Mamet will direct a movie based on "The Diary of Anne Frank" for Disney, the Hollywood trade magazine Variety reported Wednesday.

The film will be based on the diary of a teenage Jewish girl written while her family hid from Nazi police and sympathizers in an Amsterdam attic from 1942 to 1944.

Frank later died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15, and the diary was published posthumously.

Mamet will also write the movie screenplay, Variety said.

The film will be "an amalgamation" of the diary, a stage adaptation, "and Mamet's own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl's rite of passage," Variety reported.

Mamet won a Pulitzer for the 1984 play "Glengarry Glen Ross."

He has written the screenplay to such movies as "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1981); "The Untouchables" (1987); "Wag the Dog" (1997) and "Hannibal" (2001), among others.

Frank's story has remade for the screen several times, including an Oscar-winning 1959 movie and an Emmy-winning 2001 television miniseries.




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