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Mimi Leder To Direct 'All Quiet On The Western Front' Remake; Is Daniel Radcliffe Out?

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 27, 2011 9:17 AM
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Yes, classic film fans, prepare to sigh loudly and furrow your brows -- and rightly so -- as a remake of Lewis Milestone's 1930 WWI drama "All Quiet on the Western Front" is getting a remake. And not only that, it's going to be from "Deep Impact" and "The Peacemaker" director Mimi Leder. Ugh. But if this all sounds somewhat familiar, well, it kind of is.

Let's rewind back to last summer and you'll recall that Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, was said to be toplining this long-gestating remake but the curious thing is, there's no mention of him any longer. Has he moved on? Well, with his name nowhere in sight in Deadline's recent update on the project, we would assume so. The project is being produced by the tiny, new production shingle Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment who are still securing funding, and we would wager Radcliffe has his pick of projects with actual financing in place, hence his exit.

The project will be a new version of the classic Erich Maria Remarque novel which follows a group of German soldiers during the First World War and their firsthand experiences with the brutality of war. The film is rightfully regarded as a classic -- earning two Oscars for Best Director and Outstanding Production way back in the day -- and though it was remade for TV in 1979, starring John-Boy from "The Waltons" and Ernest Borgnine, it's no surprise that version is strangely less fondly remembered. But that won't stop Leder.

Her version will take place "in the last 24 hours of the war" while still trying to address the horror, savagery and violence the young men thrown into battle face. Nothing like a gimmicky structure to get that point across. This one is still a long way off though. Production isn't slated to begin until late 2012 in Europe...depending on whether or not the film gets the money it needs.

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5 Comments

  • Dennis Bridwell | January 29, 2012 3:25 AMReply

    The original 1930 version covers nearly the entire war from 1914 to 1918 and how the star went from an idealist young patriot ready for war to a combat veteran longing for peace and home. How can this be portrayed if the story only covers "the last 24 hours of the war."?
    The original cannot be improved on. From the original uniforms that even showed the changing patterns from early to late war production, the extras were really veterans as the war had only ended 11 years before filming began.
    That said, if the budget is a problem, there are hundreds of WWI reenactors that recreate a WWI battlefield twice a year in Pennsylvania. There is a realistic battlefield with trenches, shell craters, barbed wire, and partially destroyed buildings. They have many machine guns, authentic period aircraft, and as mentioned, hundreds of correctly equiped men and women that would be ready to be extras. Check out the Great War Association website.

  • Dude | January 28, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    This is absolutely unacceptable. No remake should be made for the original version of this film. Truly, society is just stupid if it even allows this to take place. There are some films that should not be remade period. Remake All Quiet on the Western Front, why not remake Star Wars? Stupid people, just stupid.

  • Cate | August 10, 2011 5:54 AMReply

    I think this would be an excellent role for Daniel and I really, really hope he's still attached, because I would SO be first in line!!!

  • Ian Wirth | July 27, 2011 10:54 AMReply

    This is a tragedy. Lewis Milestone's film still stands up as a masterpiece today.

  • Piotr | July 27, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    Is Daniel Radcliffe is out?

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