The Handmaid's Tale director Reed Morano is in negotiations to helm the upcoming Anne Frank film, Keeper of the Diary, for Fox Searchlight.
Morano To Helm Upcoming Anne Frank Drama
Morano, who not only bagged an Emmy for directing The Handmaid's Tale but also made history by becoming the first woman to win the honor in more than two decades, is reportedly being considered to helm the upcoming film.
Morano's latest film, I Think We're Alone Now, which stars Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was picked up by Momentum Pictures for distribution.
The director's feature this year, The Rhythm Section, a spy thriller starring Blake Lively hit a stumbling block after Lively injured her hand while performing a stunt in Dublin.
The film's production was suspended and crewmembers were told to look for other work while the actress recovered from the injury. The film was originally slated to hit theaters on Feb. 22, 2019.
Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was previously being eyed to direct and star as Otto Frank in the upcoming film. However, he has since moved on to the Murder On The Orient Express follow-up Death on the Nile.
Keeper Of The Diary
Keeper of the Diary follows Otto Frank's quest to find a publisher for the diary penned by his daughter, Anne Frank, which went on to tell the story that has shaped the world's image of the Holocaust.
Otto Frank lost everything and everyone he loved in the Holocaust, barring his daughter's diary. He went through several hardships as he made his way through Europe in a bid to share his daughter's story with the world.
He finally published his daughter's diary with the help of an ambitious young editor named Barbara Zimmerman, who went on to become a publishing legend and later became the founder of The New York Review of Books.
The film, which was acquired by Searchlight following an intense bidding war last year, has been penned by Sam Franco and Evan Kilgore. Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris will serve as producers on the film representing the Weimaraner Republic Pictures.
The upcoming film is close to Leshem's heart as he lost his grandmother in the Holocaust and his father is a survivor of the mass genocide, which took place during World War II.