Sam Mendes’ World War I Drama ‘1917’ is Reportedly Comprised of One Long Shot
According to Universal’s upcoming film schedule presented at CinemaCon, Metaflix has learned that Sam Mendes is attempting to film his World War I drama ‘1917’ as one long shot, a la Alejandro Iñárritu’s groundbreaking and Oscar-winning film ‘Birdman.’ No further details were given about what that means for the story or the production, but Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, described the project as “immersive.”
What we do know about ‘1917’ is that Mendes’ film is expected to follow two young British soldiers on the front line (played by actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman), in a sort of “day in the life” film. Now, combine that description with the news about it being one shot, and your imagination can run wild.
In addition to MacKay and Chapman, the film also stars Mark Strong, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. As if that weren’t enough, ‘1917’ is reportedly also going to be shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins.
The film doesn’t yet have a proposed release date but is said to have begun production this week. And if everything goes as imagined, ‘1917’ could certainly be in the Oscar conversation in the future.