Market January 13, 2017 Sold February 15, 2017
Manager Mia Chang (Tunnel Post), Jeff Portnoy (Bellevue Productions)
Agent David Boxerbaum, Valarie Phillips, Adrian Garcia (Paradigm)
Studio Fox Searchlight
Production Weimaraner Republic Pictures
1-2017 - Sold for six figures.
The remarkable true story of two strangers from two very different worlds who fight to get Anne Frank’s diary published. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who lost everyone and everything in the war, begs, and borrows his way across Europe in his attempt to bring Anne’s story to the world. And Barbara Zimmerman, a young editor at Doubleday Press and fiercely independent woman, who’s determined to make her mark on the world and change it for the better.
After Anne Frank perishes in the Holocaust, her father Otto Frank struggles to find a publisher for her diary so that her story can be shared with the world.
Following the Holocaust and World War Two, two strangers fight to get the diary of Anne Frank published.
The true story of the obstacles encountered in publishing the diary of Anne Frank such that she might live on after her untimely death.
Drama, Historical, Period, War, Father/Daughter, Film, Non-Fiction, True Story
Darkest Hour, Spotlight, The Post, The King's Speech, The Zookeeper's Wife
1940's, over a period of a few years
Amsterdam - train, train station, factory, home kitchen and bedroom, streets
Poland - Auschwitz concentration camp
New York - apartment, office, cafe, deli
Boston - office buildings
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It is August 4, 1944, in Amsterdam. In the early morning, Nazi officers raid the Opekta Jam Factory, where OTTO FRANK (55) and his family are hiding. His friends and colleagues, MIEP GEIS (35) and BEP VOSKUIJL (25) watch as the family is taken away.
Jump to Doubleday & Co. in New York City – November 8, 1950. BARBARA ZIMMERMAN (23) finds a manuscript in the discard pile with a haunting photograph of a young girl on the front. On the front is the title “THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL BY ANNE FRANK”.
We go back to January 27th, 1945, when the Russian forces liberate the Auschwitz death camp. In June of 1945, Otto Frank, one of the Auschwitz survivors, returns to Amsterdam, where he reunites with Miep and her husband JAN GEIS (Adult). Miep informs him that she has learned that the others who were in hiding at the Opekta Factory are dead, although she does not know the fate of ANNE FRANK (15) or MARGOT FRANK (19), Otto’s two daughters.
In New York, a younger Barbara Zimmerman (19) arrives in New York after running away from home. She stays with her friend, ALICE MCGRATH (23), and begins working as a...