The upcoming drama 1917 intends to drop viewers directly into the trenches of World War I.
To do that, director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, intend to drag the audience through a single battle in a war that claimed millions of lives more than 100 years ago not as an idle spectator, but as an infantryman on a desperate mission to deliver a message that might save 1,600 British soldiers from a deadly trap — or doom them all, should he fail.
Gun crew from Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry, firing 37mm gun during an advance against German/Wikimedia Commons
The filmmakers who gave the world Saving Private Ryan, and Jarhead are shipping out to recreate World War I in the upcoming drama 1917.
The film will be produced by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan) and directed by Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Skyfall, Spectre, Road to Perdition) — and the two are going to work on it as soon as next month.
In “Jarhead,” Sam Mendes’ 2005 film about the Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, “war is boring as hell” is perhaps more apt than the oft-touted saying, “war is hell.” One of the few war flicks that focuses more on the wait for action than combat itself, the film is based on the memoir by Anthony Swofford a Gulf War veteran and former Marine scout sniper.