Before you get all up in arms about this, and how it's supposed to be dark because the Holocaust was not the happiest place on earth, know this... David Mamet's script had nothing to do with Anne Frank. When I heard Disney was going to make a Anne Frank movie I thought, "yeah, that makes sense," but I don't think they were expecting what they got from Mamet.
Mamet ended up taking the stoy in the direction of a pro-Israel exploration of anti-Semitism movie set in modern contemporary times. So the screenplay is not a retelling of the famous diary and Anne Frank experience at all, its about a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing.
Disney executive Oren Aviv said it was too dark.
It's very intense, and dark and scary. It's not a film version of 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' The story evolved into something more intense.
Now this isn't a bad thing, it is just a much different view of relating the experience to what is going on in today's world. I'm sure Mamet's take on it would make a good movie, just not a Disney movie. What do you all think?