The November Man director Roger Donaldson has boarded the gestating remake All Quiet on the Western Front for Radar Pictures. We first reported on the project back in July 2011, when Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) was attached to direct, but she is no longer involved.
The project is based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, a German World War I veteran who described the incredible stress of combat soldiers in his book. The original All Quiet on the Western Front adaptation was released in 1930, taking home Oscars for Best Picture and director Lewis Milestone. The remake is being developed to capture the "gritty realism and unforgiving nature of trench warfare."
Roger Donaldson is directing from a script by Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell. The writers are also producing alongside Radar Pictures' Ted Field, Mike Weber and Michael Napoliello. The director also has a personal connection to this remake, since both of his grandparents fought in World War I.
Production is scheduled to begin this coming March in Europe. Roger Donaldson previously worked with Ted Field on the 1988 film Cocktail starring Tom Cruise. Roger Donaldson's other directing credits include Thirteen Days, The Recruit and The Bank Job.