New David Mamet film evolves beyond The Diary of Anne Frank

My first reaction to hearing the news that the new David Mamet film was not going to be an adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank and that it has been put into turnaround was a hearty, “Oh, fuck.”

From Sharon Waxman at The Wrap.com, comes the news that the script that Mamet turned in to the Disney executives was a bit too much for the House of Mouse:

[The] 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.

With the studio in a state of limbo after the ouster of chairman Dick Cook, it is unlikely that any projects will be getting the go-ahead at the moment, say executives doing business there.

“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.”

To this I say, “He’s David Fucking Mamet! What the hell did you expect?”

No word on where the project will end up, if anywhere.

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Posted on September 28, 2009 at 05:56 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by transient
    on 2009-11-13 at 15:31
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    Just found out that Mamet's next film after Anne Frank is …

    wait for it …

    Joan of Bark: The Dog that Saved France

    I have no words …

  2. Written by TrishaLynn77
    on 2009-11-15 at 22:57
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    Source, please?

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-11-15 at 23:02
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    That news is five years old and waaaay out of date. Joan of Bark was being described as “just sitting on (the studio's) shelves” in articles about Redbelt last year.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id

    And Trisha Lynn:

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117905853.html

  4. Written by transient
    on 2009-11-15 at 23:40
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    Wow, that is old news, my bad.

    For what it's worth, my source was IMDB Pro, which, given it's subscription requirements I don't usually link to. And regular IMDB didn't have all the details, (not unusual, especially on stuff “in development”) so no point in linking it.

  5. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-11-15 at 23:52
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    Yeah, IMDB Pro often just bumps forward dead (or “shelved”) projects a year or two ahead when — as far as I can tell — there often aren't any real dates at all. (Which is why they don't show them on the regular IMDB page.)

    Notice David Fincher's IMDB Pro page. It's got him as directing three movies for 2010, including The Social Network, which is currently filming.

    Possible? Sure. Likely? Heck no. (The man's done three movies this DECADE!)

    Anyway, no worries!

  6. Written by TrishaLynn77
    on 2009-11-16 at 03:57
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    Source, please?

  7. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-11-16 at 04:02
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    That news is five years old and waaaay out of date. Joan of Bark was being described as “just sitting on (the studio's) shelves” in articles about Redbelt last year.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id

    And Trisha Lynn:

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117905853.html

  8. Written by transient
    on 2009-11-16 at 04:40
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    Wow, that is old news, my bad.

    For what it's worth, my source was IMDB Pro, which, given it's subscription requirements I don't usually link to. And regular IMDB didn't have all the details, (not unusual, especially on stuff “in development”) so no point in linking it.

  9. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-11-16 at 04:52
    Permalink

    Yeah, IMDB Pro often just bumps forward dead (or “shelved”) projects a year or two ahead when — as far as I can tell — there often aren't any real dates at all. (Which is why they don't show them on the regular IMDB page.)

    Notice David Fincher's IMDB Pro page. It's got him as directing three movies for 2010, including The Social Network, which is currently filming.

    Possible? Sure. Likely? Heck no. (The man's done three movies this DECADE!)

    Anyway, no worries!

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