Sam Mendes' World War I drama 1917 to release on Christmas 2019

FP Staff

December 14, 2018 14:07:19 IST

Sam Mendes' World War I drama 1917 will release on 25 December, 2019, Universal Pictures has announced. Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners is producing 1917 through its DreamWorks Pictures brand.

1917 will open in limited release on Christmas Day then go wide two weeks later on 10 Janurary, 2020, reported Variety.

Sam Mendes. Image form Facebook

Sam Mendes. Image form Facebook

Mendes wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and will direct and produce the film.

Pippa Harris, Mendes' partner at Neal Street Productions, will also produce it with Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall.

Amblin Partners won a spec package auction for 1917 in June. 1917 was the fourth year of World War I, which ended on 11 November, 1918.

The cast includes George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman.

1917 marks a reunion for Mendes and DreamWorks. The British director won an Oscar for his first feature, 1999's American Beauty and also directed Road to Perdition and Revolutionary Road for DreamWorks.

Mendes also helmed Jarhead, Away We Go, and the last two James Bond movies, 2012's Skyfall and 2015's Spectre.

Mendes' career in theatre has also been quite prolific with stage musicals such as Cabaret, Oliver!, Company, Gypsy and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mendes directed The Lehman Trilogy earlier in 2018 which featured Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles, and Adam Godley.

(With inputs from Indo-Asian News Service)

Updated Date: Dec 14, 2018 14:08 PM