We discuss whether there will be an All Quiet on the Western Front 2, a sequel to the Netflix film All Quiet on the Western Front, and will contain spoilers.
The iconic 1929 anti-war novel is back on the big screen, or small screen rather, on this occasion, with Edward Berger’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front. The film, which has seen quite a lot of critical acclaim over the past few months, and has a very good chance of getting nominated for Best International Feature at the upcoming Oscars, does not exactly set up a sequel, but there is still some room for exploring the themes of the novel, and the Netflix film as well. No sequel has been announced, and none will probably be, but let’s have some fun here and picture what a continuation would look like.
All Quiet on the Western Front sequel potential release date
If Netflix were to decide to move forward with another anti-war story similar to this, a historical spin-off of sorts, they probably wouldn’t make the decision for a few months. They would have to evaluate their viewership numbers, how that evolves over time, and how well-received the movie is among Oscar voters. For that reason, they probably wouldn’t commission a script before the spring of 2023, and filming wouldn’t start for another 9-12 months. We’d be looking at a 2025 release at the earliest.
All Quiet on the Western Front sequel cast – who might be in it?
As I’ll describe in my pitch below, I would personally go for a completely new cast. We can keep names like Daniel Brühl as executive producer or even Edward Berger as co-writer/director. But as far as the cast goes, not many people would be around to lead a sequel as the first film sets up.
All Quiet on the Western Front sequel plot: what could All Quiet on the Western Front 2 be about?
My personal pitch here would be to go full-Ken Follet and make a sequel, set a few years down the line, focused on War World II and with new characters that hold the basic connections to the ones from the previous story. Follet did this masterfully in his Century Trilogy, and I would personally have a brand-new ensemble where at least part of the leads are related to the ones from All Quiet on the Western Front. Maybe their sisters got married, and their sons are now being called to fight for Hitler, or their cousins, or something like that.
The Netflix adaptation had the nobility that it was a German crew that made the movie, something that hadn’t happened before. Obviously, there have been quite a lot of German movies focused on World War II, so if I were to pitch this to Netflix, I would include, much like what Follet did, more characters from different countries and have this as epic as possible. They don’t all have to be related to the characters from All Quiet on the Western Front, of course, but to make this stand out among the crowd of World War II movies (and especially movies like Saving Private Ryan), you need something else. Having a depiction of the horrors of war from both sides of the battle would be it for me.
I’ve been advocating for years for a series adaptation of the Century Trilogy, I really think that could make for a fascinating HBO long-format series. This would lack some of the scope that you could achieve with a 10-episode series, but there’s plenty of room to make it very epic while also horrifying.
What do you think? Do you like this idea? Do you have another pitch for a sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front? Let us know in the comments!