Disney Tosses David Mamet's Diary of Anne Frank Into Turnaround


A couple of things about David Mamet's The Diary of Anne Frank, that recently announced remake you know you were never totally comfortable with: First of all, it's not a straight "remake" at all, but rather a contemporary exploration of anti-Semitism. And second of all -- and this should really help you relax about the project -- it's not going to be made anyway. At least not at Disney.

The Wrap reports that Mamet's much-discussed (and parodied) project is a casualty of cold feet at Disney, which has seen a minor bit of turbulence in the last week and is determined to take a more careful route back to mega-profitability. Thus production chief Oren Aviv's decision to knock the film into turnaround; Mamet's script is simply "too dark" for Disney's taste, sources say.

Too dark? As if there's a way to sweeten one of the 20th century's best-known tragedies, right? Well, no, but that's part of Disney's problem: This isn't actually The Diary of Anne Frank to begin with:

[T]he screenplay is not a retelling of the famous Holocaust drama taken from the diaries of Frank, but about a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing.

"It's very intense, and dark and scary," said the executive. "It's not a film version of The Diary of Anne Frank. The story evolved into something more intense."

So basically it's Mamet's Inglourious Basterds, but with better source material, a more urgent moral imperative and improved spelling. Harvey Weinstein will take it, thank you very much.

· Mamet's Anne Frank in Turnaround from Disney [The Wrap]