The Swiss director has acquired the rights to two WWII diaires which will be adapted for the big screen by novelist Zoe Jenny.

Pascal Verdosci is to direct a feature based on the journals of two World War II survivors.

The director has acquired the rights to the journals of concentration camp prisoner Helmuth James von Moltke and to Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar’s book Those Who Didn’t Sleep which recounts the German occupation and the liberation of Paris in 1944.

Swiss novelist Zoë Jenny, who wrote the international best seller The Pollen Room, will write the screenplay for the French-German-Swiss co-production which looks set to shoot in 2012.

 “This will be a film about two people who, both in different places but in very similar, dangerous situations, did the same thing: they chose to write”, said Verdosci, whose first feature was the 2011 Manipulation with Klaus Maria Brandauer and Sebastian Koch, based on the Swiss novel The Interrogation of Harry Wind.