The highly publicized spec KEEPER OF THE DIARY from Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco has sold to Fox Searchlight for a six figure amount. Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris will produce under their Weimaraner Republic Pictures shingle.
The project is the incredible true story of the struggle to publish Anne Frank’s now-famous diary. Her father, Otto Frank, led the charge alongside Barbara Zimmerman, an up and coming publisher. She was a junior editor at the time she met Otto and went on to become a big publisher at Doubleday and founded the New York Review of Books.
The story lasts the course of several years, from the end of World War II until the book was finally published in 1950. On page, it’s the type of inspirational, real-life movie that could garner serious critical acclaim, not unlike last year’s Best Picture winner Spotlight. It’s also the type of film Searchlight is known for — in the recent past, they’ve served as the studio for films such as Wild, Belle, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Previously, Kilgore co-wrote the film Butterflies of Bill Baker. Currently, he and Franco are working on several projects including Containment and Mayday 109.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.