Two years after ending his two-film stint as a Bond director, Sam Mendes has finally announced his next film project, a World War I epic called 1917, which will be distributed by Universal Studios and produced by Steven Spielberg through his production company, Amblin Partners, after bidding war which involved several different production companies, including Paramount, Sony, and New Regency.
It will serve as a reunion between the two filmmakers, who last worked together on Mendes’ first two films, 1999’s American Beauty, which went on to win five Oscars, including Best Picture, and 2002’s Road to Perdition, which starred Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Daniel Craig.
Surprisingly, this film will also mark the screenwriting credit for Mendes, who spent has spent the past year writing the screenplay alongside Penny Dreadful writer, Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
When asked about his upcoming partnerships Mendes said:
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
Apart from the setting, nothing else is known about the film, however, if Steven Spielberg is to be believed, we are in for a treat. When asked about his upcoming partnership with Mendes, Spielberg had this to offer:
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
Given Mendes’ track record of crafting well made and interesting films, I am really looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us with this one! Plus, it’s going to be produced by Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest film minds in the history of the medium.
What about you? Are you as excited as I am about this next project, or do you think both filmmakers are losing their touch? Sound off your thoughts below!