New ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ adaptation in works

A new big screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, is set to be made, The Hollywood Report has announced. The film follows the seminal 1930 version, which won the Best Film Oscar and a Best Director award for Lewis Milestone, and a 1979 production directed by Delbert Mann and starring Richard Thomas (John-Boy from TV series The Waltons).

Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell have written the script and will also produce the film; their debut feature as writer-producers is The Negotiation, which is listed as being in “pre-production” on IMDb. The duo are also making a documentary, Journey to the Front, which tells of their process in getting their All Quiet adaptation made.

At present, Mimi Leder is set to direct; her previous works include The Peacemaker and Deep Impact.

All Quiet on the Western Front concerns the story of a German soldier and his friends’ lives in the trenches in the first world war. It is due to be filmed in 2012.

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