The story concerns Otto Frank’s struggle to find a publisher for his daughter’s diary, which became one of the enduring documents of the Holocaust. Only one woman was willing to help him change the world — an ambitious young editor named Barbara Zimmerman, who went on to become a publishing legend at Doubleday and the founder of the New York Review of Books.
Sam Franco and Evan Kilgore wrote the script on spec, and Fox Searchlight acquired the project in a bidding war. The film will be produced by Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris under their Weimaraner Republic Pictures banner. The film is a passion project for the producers, as Leshem lost his grandmother in the Holocaust and his father is a survivor.
Kenneth Branagh was previously attached to direct and star, but he has since turned his attention to the Murder on the Orient Express sequel Death on the Nile.
Morano is a veteran cinematographer who made her directorial debut with the 2015 drama Meadowland before directing this year’s Sundance entry I Think We’re Alone Now starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. She’s in the midst of directing the spy thriller The Rhythm Section, which was forced to shut down midway through production due to a hand injury suffered by leading lady Blake Lively.
Morano is represented by WME.
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