So much has been written and filmed about the atrocities of The Holocaust, and one of the most complex stories in that history is in trying to understand how otherwise good people stood by and did nothing -- in some cases they even participated. This is one of the themes of the best-selling novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, currently being made into a feature film by Miramax.

Production weekly announced that Mark Herman, director of Brassed Off and Little Voice has been signed to direct. Set in Berlin and Poland during WWII, the story focuses on Bruno; a young boy from a prominent family whose father has been assigned to work in the Kraków concentration camp. Bruno meets and befriends another young boy being held in the camp, and their relationship is the focus of the book. The story uses the innocence of the boy of his surroundings to discuss the bigger idea of how everyday people were able to ignore what was happening around them during Hitler's Final Solution.

Herman also adapted the script and is currently scouting locations in Eastern Europe. No casting announcements have been made yet, but the studio is looking to start production this April, so I doubt they are going to waste much time getting started.