Netflix is adapting Erich Maria Remarque’s timeless anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front into a movie. The crew is currently filming near Prague, and began production in March of this year. According to Nerds and Beyond, filming in the Czech Republic will likely continue throughout May.
The first photos from the set and new cast members were revealed on May 4th. Variety reported that Aaron Hilmer, Felix Kammerer, Moritz Klaus, Edin Hasanovic, and Albrecht Schuch will join Daniel Brühl, Andreas Döhler, and Devid Striesow.
Director Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose, Your Honor) stated, “This German world bestseller is able to convey the inhuman terror of war perhaps more impressively than any other literary work. For me, creating its first German film adaptation is one of the most exciting challenges of all.”
According to Variety, Lesley Paterson (actor) and Ian Stokell (former journalist from The Washington Post) wrote the film’s screenplay. Malte Grunert from Amusement Park Film will produce the movie.
All Quiet on the Western Front first appeared in the magazine Vossische Zeitung from November to December in 1928, according to History. It was published as a novel in January 1929. As mentioned on Britannica’s website, Remarque based the events of the novel off his own experiences during World War I. He particularly focuses on the reality of wartime for young men and the disillusionment felt by many pertaining to the Great War.
All Quiet on the Western Front is expected to come to Netflix sometime during the second half of 2022.