Mamet to write/direct “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Interesting…

Posted on 12 August 2009 by Quaid

Not sure how to feel about this one.  David Mamet is a great writer and a fine director, but I wonder why he would pick such a well-known, overly-adapted story for his next feature.

AnneFrankThe trades report that the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross and Wag the Dog (among countless others) is putting together an adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”  His version will blend together the original diary and elements of the stage adaptation.  

I’m really wondering how Mamet-ty this adaptation can be.  Anne Frank’s story is so well-known that any attempt to change it in a meaningful way might be met with serious concern if not downright indignance.  

Mamet is a very talented screenwriter, though, so I don’t want to speak too soon.  Let’s hope he has a faithful but interesting take on the story that will respect Anne Frank’s memory while avoiding the temptation to recycle the familiar elements of the story to make a quick buck for Disney.                           

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