Handmaid's Tale Director Is Telling Anne Frank's Story Next

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Reed Morano, known for her work directing the award-winning series, The Handmaid's Tale, will likely turn her attention next to the harrowing drama, Keeper of the Diary, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series, which will be produced by Weimaraner Republic Pictures' Matti Leshem and Lynn Harris for Fox Searchlight, will follow Otto, Anne Frank's father, as he sets out to find someone to publish his daughter's now-famous diary that discloses the horrific realities of living in fear and hiding from Nazis during World War II.
Just as in real life, Frank will come in contact with Barbara Zimmerman, an editor at Doubleday, who agreed to edit The Diary of a Young Girl. Later, she would go on to marry editor Jason Epstein and co-found The New York Review of Books. She passed away in 2006 at the age 77.
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So far, Morano hasn't confirmed the news, and neither actors nor crew members have been revealed. However, should Morano direct, it's likely that she'll hire a lot of talented women to work behind the scenes. In a recent Instagram post, Morano praised Nicole Mackinlay Hahn's profound influence on her life and career.
"When I was 16, my father (who was not in the film business) set out to make a pilot for a documentary travel series when the only reality or doc series on tv was the first season of The Real World. In other words, a long time ago," she wrote.
"One of the two camera operators he hired was a young woman named Nicole Mackinlay Hahn @nachole... I remember very clearly that it never occurred to me (or my dad) that it was unusual at all or unique to have a female camera person," she continued. "Maybe because we had never been on a set & we weren't in the film business. So the idea of a female DP never seemed unorthodox or impossible to me when I set out to do that. Because it was already real to me."

When I was 16, my father (who was not in the film business) set out to make a pilot for a documentary travel series when the only “reality” or doc series on tv was the first season of The Real World. In other words, a long time ago ☺️ One of the two camera operators he hired was a young woman named Nicole Mackinlay Hahn @nachole... I remember very clearly that it never occurred to me (or my dad) that it was unusual at all or unique to have a female camera person. Maybe because we had never been on a set & we weren’t in the film business. So the idea of a female DP never seemed unorthodox or impossible to me when I set out to do that. Because it was already real to me. ————————————— Because on our set, the woman was the DP. ———————————————— Nicole @nachole is an insanely talented director & documentarian. These frame grabs are from her more recent work, a powerful and poetic documentary Nicole directed/shot & edited called BURKINA. It’s an homage to the powerful spirit of the 12th century West African warrior princess, who presence is still felt by the women living there today. Seeking to undo African stereotypes by looking at the professional lives of the women there, the film talks to a firefighter, a swimmer, a mushroom biologist, a mechanic & an astrophysicist. —————————————— It shows women owning their identity and doing the jobs they do. #femalefilmmakerfriday. #filmmakerfriday Thank you for putting that “crazy” idea that I could be a cameraman into my head, Nicole! I love you. You’re my hero.

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Morano has since become incredibly successful. In addition to her work on The Handmaid's Tale, she's currently in production for The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively. Unfortunately, production was halted in January after Lively injured her hand after performing a stunt on set. There's no word as of now whether Morano will stick with her original premiere date, Feb. 22, 2019.
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