Opening the same weekend as Underwater will be the wide release of Amblin/Universal’s World War I movie 1917 directed by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes.

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.

It’ll land a limited release on December 25th and will go wide on January 10th, 2020. The wide release tracking is out and according to BoxOfficePro, the film is heading towards a domestic box office opening in a range of $18-23 million.

This is certainly good news to Universal as they’ll have to contend with holiday overspill with Jumanji: The Next Level and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker expected to be the big juggernauts in December and carrying over to January.

I’m hoping that the film will be the next Saving Private Ryan and it’s R-rating will certainly allow them to explore the extreme brutality of The Great War.

1917 is led by young actors George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman will with an impressive supporting cast that includes Richard Madden (Eternals, Bodyguard, Game of Thrones), Benedict Cumberbatch (Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange, Sherlock), Andrew Scott (Spectre, Fleabag), Mark Strong (Kingsman 1-2, Shazam!), and Colin Firth (Kingsman 1-2, The King’s Speech).

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917. 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.

1917 is directed by Sam 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).


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