James Bond Director Sam Mendes To Helm The WWI Film 1917 For Steven Spielberg’s Amblin

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has acquired the rights to a spec script for a World War I film called 1917 and they've hired Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes to helm it from a script that he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.  

Unfortunately, there are no details in the story, but Spielberg had this to say in a statement:

"Our company has been a home for Sam since his first film. I am so happy to have him back here in his old room spinning new stories – especially this hugely daring and ambitious new movie."

Mendes added:

"I couldn’t be happier to be back working with Amblin and Steven Spielberg again, alongside Donna Langley and all at Universal. I’ve been working on this script for over a year, so it’s very exciting to start making the movie itself a reality."

As a fan of Mendes and Spielberg, I'm looking forward to learning more about this WWI story that they are setting out to tell. The film is set to start production in April of next year and it will be released in December of 2019.

Source: Variety