Entertainment Weekly reported on May 3 that producer Jonah Hirsch and filmmaker Danny Abrahms are creating a new film, called “Anne,” that will allow audiences to feel what it was like to be in the secret annex with Anne Frank and others hiding from the Nazis in the 1940s through virtual reality technology.
“To experience this film will be to immerse oneself into a place and time, to move about a room, amongst the people, and sense the moment in a way never possible before (virtual reality),” Abrahms said.
In the virtual reality movie, audiences will be able to see where Frank lived for more than two years and where she would write down her experiences in her diary.
“VR to me is this new, amazing tool that can allow viewers to connect with people and events like never before,” Abrahms said. “I wanted to create a VR experience that connected viewers with arguably the most significant event in human history (World War II / The Holocaust) and I couldn’t think of a better way to explore this subject matter than through the story of Anne Frank.”
It is unclear what the timetable for the movie will be.
This movie is not the only Anne Frank-type of virtual reality that has been created. Last year, the Anne Frank Foundation unveiled a 360-degree virtual reality tour of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for museum visitors who are unable to access the annex.
Back in March, the Foundation criticized an Anne Frank-themed “escape room” in Valkenswaard, Belgium that was created to look like the apartment where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis. The premise of the “escape room” is that visitors are locked in and have to escape within an hour using teamwork, creativity, and “out-of-the-box” thinking.
The operator of the “escape room” defended the attraction, referring to it as “an educational experience.”