David Mamet to write and director Anne Frank movie. Disney Studios has acquired the motion picture rights to a new rendition of “The Diary of Anne Frank”. David Mamet has been tapped to write and direct the screen adaptation. The film will be an amalgamation of the famous diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet’s own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl’s right of passage according to Variety. The Diary of Anne Frank has sold more than 31 million copies, has been translated into 67 languages.