Daniel Radcliffe 'All Quiet on the Western Front' Remake, 'Most Dangerous Man' Daniel Ellsberg DVD

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe, who'll next be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in November, is currently attached to star as an idealistic schoolboy-turned-disillusioned war veteran in an upcoming film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's controversial 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front, about life and death in the German trenches during World War I.

According to Variety, the new film version of All Quiet on the Western Front will be produced by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson, with Paterson also responsible for the screenplay. Shooting should commence in the spring of 2012, once Radcliffe is finished with his Broadwayrole in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Directed by Lewis Milestone and starring relative newcomer Lew Ayres, the Universal-produced 1930 film version of Remarque's novel was a major critical and box office success despite threats of boycotts from American right-wing groups offended by the film's sympathetic portrayal of German youth. (Nazis would be offended as well; as a result of its pacifist message, the book was banned in Germany in the mid-'30s.)

A nominee in the third year of the Academy Awards, All Quiet on the Western Front became the first movie to win statuettes for both Best Film and Best Director. Its stylized narrative and acting notwithstanding, the 1930 film version of Remarque's novel remains the best war movie I've ever seen.

Though never a top star, fresh-faced Lew Ayres remained a leading man in dozens of motion pictures all the way into the '50s. He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1948 for his performance in the title role of Jean Negulesco's Johnny Belinda.

As a result of his All Quiet on the Western Front experience, Ayres was a conscientious objector during World War II. His stance led to the boycott of his films by some U.S. exhibitors. (Ayres did, however, volunteer for noncombatant duties.)

A 1980 made-for-television movie was directed by Oscar winner Delbert Mann (Marty) and starred Richard Thomas of The Waltons fame.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, The Most Dangerous Man in AmericaThe Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers will be released domestically on DVD by First Run Features. Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's Academy Award-nominated documentary was the 2009 winner of the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award. (Image: Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon.)

The Most Dangerous Man in America will be available nationwide on DVD on July 20, '10. The synopsis below is from the First Run Features website:

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracized by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan.

This is the riveting story of one man's profound crisis of conscience that shook a nation, its courts, its free press and its presidency to the core. It is also an acutely timely and piercing look at the world of government secrecy in wartime as revealed by the ultimate insider. Marked by a landmark Supreme Court battle between America's greatest newspapers and its president, this political thriller unravels a saga that leads directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.

Photo: Henry Kissinger/Richard Nixon (Courtesy Air Force Magazine / First Run Features)

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