Ari Folman, director of the Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir, will be writing and directing an animated feature based on the life and diary of Anne Frank. Yes, you heard me right. Sounds like it could be an iffy idea for a project.
But maybe not. The filmmakers have been granted the full support of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, founded by Anne’s father Otto, and will have complete access to their archives, in addition to the archives of all Anne Frank Fonds worldwide.
And I guess we can only hope that Folman is able to achieve with the story of Anne Frank what he was able to do with his own traumatic experiences during the the 1982 invasion of Lebanon that was the basis for Waltz With Bashir.
Folman had this to say about the film:
“Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge. There is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations.”
The project is being described as a “family-driven film,” which will be a new direction for the Israeli writer/director. Even though this seems like it could go wrong in so many ways, I feel like the combination of Folman and the story of Anne Frank could make for a powerful combination.
Production is set to start in the winter of 2014.
Let us know what you think of this project in the comments below!
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