Michel Hazanavicius And Natalie Portman May Board IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS

By AMC September 14, 2012

Yesterday the trailer for this year’s most high profile Oscar hopeful, “Lincoln”, was released. Many feel that the combined talents of Daniel Day-Lewis in the leading role, Steven Spielberg at the helm and a script by Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner equals a recipe for Oscar gold.

Well, it looks as though another Academy Awards dream team may be in the works.

Tom Hanks has been developing an adaptation of Erik Larson's non-fiction novel “In the Garden of Beasts” with his producing partner Gary Goetzman and it now looks as though the director of last year’s Best Picture winner, “The Artist”, Michel Hazanavicius may be stepping into the directing chair.

Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is also in talks to play the daughter of Hank’s character.

The film will follow the story of an American father and daughter living in Germany in the early days of Hitler and help to illustrate why it took so long for the world to understand the scale and scope of the horror and threat that Hitler and his government presented.

The Book is described as follows:

With this new book, I invite you to journey to Berlin during Hitler’s first year in power, 1933, in the company of a real-life father and daughter from Chicago who suddenly found themselves transported to the heart of the city. They had no conception of the harrowing days that lay ahead. At the time, nothing was certain—Hitler did not yet possess absolute power, and few outsiders expected his government to survive. The family encountered a city suffused with energy and optimism, with some of the most striking, avant-garde buildings in the world. Its theaters, concert halls, and cafés were jammed; the streets teemed with well-dressed attractive people. But my two protagonists were about to begin an education that would change them forever, with ultimately tragic consequences.

The father was William E. Dodd, a mild-mannered professor who, much to his surprise and everyone else’s, was picked by President Roosevelt to be America’s first ambassador to Nazi Germany. His daughter, Martha, was 24 years old, and chose to come along for the adventure, and to escape a dead marriage to a New York banker. They and the rest of their family settled in a grand old house on the city’s central park, the Tiergarten—in literal translation, the Garden of Beasts.

Dodd expected to encounter the same warm citizenry he had known three decades earlier while a graduate student in Leipzig; he hoped to use reason and quiet persuasion to temper Hitler’s government. Martha found the “New Germany” utterly enthralling, totally unlike the horrific realm depicted in newspapers back home. For her, as for many other foreign visitors at the time, the transformation of Germany was thrilling and not at all frightening. Not yet.

As that first year unfolded they experienced days full of energy, intrigue, and romance—and, ultimately, terror, on a scale they could never have imagined. Their experience tells volumes about why the world took so long to recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler.

We will keep you updated as details on the project emerge.

Source: Coming Soon

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