'Waltz with Bashir' Director to Helm Animated Film About Anne Frank
After winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film with his animated documentary Waltz with Bashir in 2008, director Ari Folman is reaching back into history with another animated project. Deadline has word that Folman is working on an animated film following the life and iconic diary of Anne Frank. Apparently this is the first time filmmakers have been granted full access to all the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, founded in 1963 by Anne’s father Otto Frank. Though everyone knows Frank's story, the last prominent big screen version happened in 1959 with The Diary of Anne Frank, so now is the time.
It seems interesting that we're getting an animated, family-driven version of Frank's life as opposed to the more obvious dramatic version, but animation is Folman's best medium. Folman says, “Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations.” The director is coming off the trippy Cannes selected film The Congress with Robin Wright. We're not sure if Folman will round-up an all-star cast to voice the animated film or if it will feature a cavalcade of international stars' voices, but stay tuned.