'Waltz With Bashir' Director to Create Anne Frank Film

Ari Folman, who also directed 'The Congress,' buys rights for worldwide release of new animated feature; gains access to vast archives.

Israeli film director Ari Folman will be writing and directing an animated feature on the life and diary of Anne Frank, the Hollywood Reporter announced Thursday.

Folman, director of Oscar-nominated "Waltz with Bashir," negotiated the rights for the worldwide release - on all media and in all languages - together with Diane Elbaum, who co-produced Folman's latest film, "The Congress."

"The filmmakers have been granted complete access to all of the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, founded by Anne's father Otto Frank as well as to all the branches of the Anne Frank Fonds worldwide," the report said.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be family oriented.

Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge, Folman, whose own parents survived the Holocaust, was quoted as saying. There is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations.

Production is reportedly due to begin in the winter of 2014. The project is a co-production by the Belgian-based Purple Whale Films, which the report says is co-owned by Folman's Bridgit Folman Film Gange and Elbaum's Belgian group Entre Chien et Loup.

David Polonsky
David Polonsky