'November Man' Director to Remake 'All Quiet on the Western Front'
After delivering Pierce Brosnan's recent action thriller The November Man, director Roger Donaldson is heading back into the past for a remake of an iconic film. Variety reports Radar Pictures has commissioned Donaldson to direct a remake of All Quiet on the Western Front, or rather, the film would be a new adaptation of the 1928 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, which was already turned into a film in 1930 and won Best Picture and Best Director for Lewis Milestone. Donaldson actually previously worked with Radar Pictures' Ted Field on the Tom Cruise film Cocktail back in 1988, so it's a cool reunion for them. Read on!
For those who don't know, here's the official synopsis of the book:
Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
Donaldson has some personal ties to this particular story, because both of his grandparents actually fought in World War I, which happened 100 years ago beginning in 1914. The director hopes to capture "the gritty realism and unforgiving nature of trench warfare," which is something we don't really see when it comes to World War I films, while World War II has seen endless gritty stories in the heart of the global war. If this project turns out anything like Radar Pictures work on The Last Samurai, then we could be in for quite a powerful war drama here. Stay tuned for more.