Rumor has it that Netflix just snagged the world rights to Edward Berger’s long-anticipated All Quiet on The Western Front starring Daniel Brühl, one of the highest budget movies ever released from Germany. Production is expected to start in March.
Based on the 1929 classic novel about WWI from former German infantryman Erich Maria Remarque. The script was written by former Washington Post journalist Ian Stokell and producer/actor Lesley Paterson.
The novel follows teenagers Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, who volunteer to join the German army. Originally passionately patriotic, their preconceived notions of what’s right and wrong easily break as they witness life’s brutality on the front.
This film is not the first time it was adapted into a movie. Lewis Milestone previously adapted Remarque’s novel; soon after the release won Best Picture at the 1930 Oscars and a Golden Globe-winning Delbert Mann TV Movie in 1979. It is, however, the first time that it’s been adapted by a German filmmaker.
“All Quiet on the Western Front may be set in 1918, but it speaks directly to our times and the divisive tone in today’s discourse. It is a physical, visceral and very modern film that has never been told from my country’s perspective, it has never been made into a German-language film,” said Berger earlier this year.
There is no release date yet for the film.