Finally A Good Modern WWI Movie? 'All Quiet on the Western Front' Returns
Ever since Saving Private Ryan, WWII has been the war that's received the most attention in Hollywood and been the setting for the most emotional and unforgettable films, deservedly so. But we can't forget WWI and all of its trench warfare, too. One of the great war films in history, All Quiet on the Western Front from 1930, was filmed and put out before we even knew there would be a WWII, and knowing today's Hollywood it's inevitable to see it remade. From Dark Horizons, there's news that the rights to the novel have been bought and they're looking to make it a big budget, sweeping epic that a trench warfare WWI movie deserves to be.
Ex-Washington Post managing editor Ian Stokell and producer Lesley Paterson are producing and putting together a screenplay that will have a "gritty, journalistic approach" and will, controversially, only use the original novel as a starting point. The film will not only be about the brutality and horror of the trenches for infantrymen, but their intention is "also to add substantially to the development of the main characters" and emphasize the realism.
"We plan on recreating the spectacular visual ambience of trench warfare - miles and miles of desolate, bombed out and cratered landscape - we also intend to add more texture and emotional layering to the overall story" says Stokell.
You've got me interested. If they can do what they did for WWI what they did to WWII via Saving Private Ryan, then I am definitely excited, despite how commercial it may end up.