You read that right -- the man behind Oleanna is taking on the tale of the Jewish teenager who hid in an Amsterdam attic during the Holocaust before dying at 15, and on behalf of Disney no less. According to Variety, Mamet's interpretation will combine elements of Frank's renown diary, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's Tony Award-winning stage adaptation, and whatever Mamet brings to the table that, in the trade's words, "could reframe the story as a young girl's right of passage."
I'm really not sure what to make of this myself. The man has certainly proven a gift with dialogue and direction on both screen and stage, but I can't say that I've seen a film of this that suggests that he might be ideal to bring Anne Frank's life back to, well, life. Maybe he'll go for something more abstract along the lines of I'm Not There; the best any of us can do now is just wait and see how this plays out.