The third Best Picture ever was All Quiet on the Western Front. It was made in the young days of Hollywood when filmmakers were still very much in the habit of adapting famous pieces of literature (because people read back then), and it’s an absolutely fantastic film.

I can’t imagine that writer/producers Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell have their sights set on an Oscar repeat, but they’ve picked up a young star that’s been locked in Potterdom despite a few attempts and opportunities to play around outside the wizarding world. According to Variety, Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to the project, taking on the role of Paul which was first originated on screen by the legendary Lew Ayres.

This isn’t the first Oscar winner to be remade or re-adapted from the original source material. Mutiny on the Bounty is a fairly standard source material, as is Hamlet and All the King’s Men. Plus, Around the World in 80 Days was awkwardly retread a few years ago with Jackie Chan and Ghandi was remade last year as The Hangover.

This role gets us one step closer to Radcliffe starring in a Teddy Roosevelt biopic in 2029.

What do you think?


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