A planned adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” for Disney Pictures has been put into turnaround because it is “too dark” says The Wrap.
The article says provocateur playwright and filmmaker David Mamet (“Heist,” “Spartan”) was hired to pen the adaptation, but the script he turned in was not a retelling of the famous Holocaust drama taken from the diaries of Frank,
Instead Mamet delivered the story of a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing. The script apparently delivers a pro-Israeli exploration of modern anti-Semitism.
“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” says one insider, indicating the subject matter is too difficult for Disney to produce or distribute.
In the wake of chairman Dick Cook’s sudden departure, the studio is unlikely to give the go-ahead on any projects in development until new management has been sorted out and settled.