A new German adaptation of the bestselling “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque is in the works for Netflix. Filming is currently taking place in the Czech Republic until the end of May with an expected release date of the second half of 2022. The anti-war novel tells the story of a young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.
Remarque, a war veteran known at the time as a respected journalist, published the book at a time when a critical narrative against the First World War was anything but welcome. Consequently, the literary text as well as the Oscar-winning 1930 film adaptation “All Quiet on the Western Front” fell victim to Nazi censorship, forcing its creator into Swiss exile.
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.
– Edward Berger, Director