If you're wondering about Daniel Radcliffe's post-Harry Potter plans, wonder no more. According to Variety, Radcliffe has signed on to star in a new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. Remarque's novel has been adapted twice, first in a 1930 adaptation directed by Lewis Milestone and second in a 1979 made-for-TV miniseries produced by Hallmark starring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine. Milestone's adaptation won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

Remarque's novel follows Paul Baumer (played by Lew Ayres in the 1930 adaptation) and his friends as World War I breaks out. Stirred by patriotic speeches and national pride, Baumer and his friends volunteer for service in the German Army. They quickly learn the realities of war: endless waiting, bursts of frenzied action, the loss of friends to physical and psychological injuries and death, the.onset of cynicism, self-doubt, and doubt about the merits of the war. It's a bleak, uncompromising novel of life during wartime from a common soldier's perspective. All Quiet on the Western Front and Remarque's sequel, The Road Back, were banned and burned by the Nazi Party after Hitler took power in 1933 for their anti-war (true) and anti-German (not true) themes.
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