The Oscar-winning filmmaker Harvey Weinstein is planning to make a version of Leon Uris' novel "Mila 18" for the silver screen next year, he announced this week on Deadline.
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The book, penned by the author best remembered for "Exodus" and "Trinity," recounts a fictionalized version of the real-life Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II. Weinstein, who helped create such films as "Good Will Hunting" and "Shakespeare in Love," wrote that he found the book "inspiring" when he read it on a trip to visit family in Israel as a child.
Weinstein announced that he had developed a script for a film adaptation years ago, collaborating with his friend, the Iranian-born writer and director Hossein Amini. Weinstein added that he intended to direct the film himself and that he was "now committed" to making the film.
He explained that stories about the Holocaust were of great personal importance to him, having lost eight great-aunts and great-uncles to the Nazis and having visited his surviving great-grandmother in Israel in his youth. Weinstein's 1997 film "Life is Beautiful" told the story of a Jewish librarian trying to shield his son from the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp in which they are interned. Weinstein wrote in Deadline that this film "remains a personal favorite."