Friday, September 25, 2009
THAT ANNE FRANK IS JUST TOO DARN SAD
Hollywood never ceases to amaze me, like EVER. Just when I think they can't get any more ridiculous they pull some shit like this and knock me on my ass again. Read this little bit of news and then the studios reaction. It's about David Mamet (one of my favorite writers) writing a screenplay about Anne Frank.
"The writer who took on ethnic politics in the play “Race,” and sexual politics in works like “Oleanna,” takes on modern anti-Semitism in “The Diary of Anne Frank.” But 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. “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.”
Here's the best part, the script wasn't rejected because it didn't follow the book to the letter, the studios were fine with that. Mamet's script was rejected because it was too dark.
I will repeat that
The script about anti-Semitism, Nazis and the death of a little girl was TOO DARK. TOO DARK, TOO DARK, TOODARKTOODARKTOODARK, TOOOOOOO DAAAAAARRK!! Say it over and over again it will always sound stupid.
I'm guess the studio will want to re-touch the script so the Nazi's are Bears and the Jews Deer, that way it may be scary but at least they'll all be cuddly and soft. Hey maybe Anne Frank could be a Jewish teacher who is sent to a Nazi school to teach and through diary writing and open conversation she helps the Nazi soldiers win the Essay Writing Contest and show they deserve more Government funding?
The choices are endless.
I hate everything