Daniel Bruhl is set to executive produce and take a supporting role in “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 literary classic which is being done in its original German language this time by Rocket Science and Amusement Park.
Previously adapted into Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-winning 1930 film, the story begins with Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller voluntarily enlisting in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically march into a war they believe in.
But once on the Western Front, they discover the soul-destroying horror of WWI. Paul’s preconceptions about the enemy and the rights and wrongs of the conflict crumble. On the countdown to Armistice, Paul must carry on fighting until the end, with no purpose other than to satisfy the top brass’ desire to end the war on a German offensive. His fight is a harrowing account of the futility and irony of war.
Edward Berger (“Patrick Melrose”) is directing and Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson will handle the screenplay. Malte Grunert and Daniel Dreifuss produce and casting is underway for the lead role of Paul Baumer.