By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2013 at 3:31PM
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who animated the Oscar-nominated documentary about his experiences serving in the Israeli military, "Waltz with Bashir," and combined live action and animation in this year's Cannes entry and European Film Award-winner "The Congress," will now tackle another hybrid genre. He is set to start production in 2014 on an animated historic family film about World War II diary writer Anne Frank.
The Anne Frank film is produced by Belgian Purple Whale Films, which is co-owned by Ari Folman’s Israeli production company Bridgit Folman Film Gang and Diana Elbaum’s Belgian-based production company Entre Chien et Loup.
Folman and Elbaum met during the far-flung production of "The Congress," which employed animators from many different countries. They negotiated together to obtain world rights in all languages and media. For the first time, a director/producer team is being granted complete access to all the archives of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, founded by Otto Frank and their branches worldwide. States Folman:
"Bringing the Anne Frank Diary to all screens is a fantastic opportunity and challenge as there is a real need for new artistic material to keep the memory alive for younger generations."
Production is set to start in winter, 2014.