Disney+ has ordered a new limited series called ‘A Small Light’, which is about the remarkable story of a Dutch woman who risked her life to shelter Anne Frank’s family from the Nazis for more than two years and then preserved Anne’s diary,
The seven-episode limited series is being created by National Geographic, with ABC Signature Studios and Keshet Studios. It’s being written by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, who have previously worked on “Grey’s Anatomy”. Multiple episodes will be directed by Susanna Fogel, who has previously worked on “The Flight Attendant”. They will all be executive producers on the series along with Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, Keshet International’s Alon Shtruzman and Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir.
“A Small Light” follows twentysomething Miep Gies who, when her boss Otto Frank came to her and asked her to hide his family from the Nazis during World War II, didn’t hesitate. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan, and the other helpers watched over the eight souls (Otto Frank, his wife Edith and daughters Anne and Margot as well as four others) in hiding in the Secret Annex. And it was Miep who found Anne’s Diary and kept it safe so Otto, the only one of the eight who survived, could later share it with the world as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust.
The project has been in development for a while and will be the second scripted series created by National Geographic specifically for Disney+, following “The Right Stuff”.
Casting is currently underway for the three main characters, Miep, Otto and Jan. Filming is due to begin in Europe in the coming months.
A quote from Miep Gies inspired the series name.
“I don’t like being called a hero because no one should ever think you have to be special to help others. Even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can turn on a small light in a dark room.”
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Source – Deadline