A new '1917' featurette explores Sam Mendes' single take marvel
On Christmas Day, Universal Pictures is preparing to release Sam Mendes’ cinematic marvel, 1917. Today, the studio has offered a tease of the incredible production with a behind the scenes featurette that shows off the Academy Award winning director’s unique approach to telling a World War I story. As you can see for yourself in the player below, 1917 will unfold in real time with a single continuous shot designed by cinematographer (and fellow Oscar winner) Roger Deakins!
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers — Blake’s own brother among them. Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch also star.
1917 is directed by Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).
Produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures, 1917 will be released by Universal Pictures in limited release on December 25th before going wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.