Peter Jackson, best known for directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is developing a new film using original footage from Imperial War Museums' extensive archive, much of it previously unseen, alongside BBC interviews with servicemen who fought in the conflict.
The Academy Award-winning director, famed for his adaptations of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, spent months in the Imperial War Museum - which jointly commissioned the film - watching original World War One footage.
"We started to do some experiments and I was honestly stunned by the results we were getting".
"We're making a film that shows this incredible footage in which the faces of the men just jump out at you". It's sped up, it's fast, like Charlie Chaplin, grainy, jumpy, scratchy, and it immediately blocks you from actually connecting with the events on screen. They are way beyond what I expected. The film focuses on the experiences of the people involved in the six-year war, as opposed to the larger strategy and politics, working from hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans. Jackson's Mortal Engines is due out this year on December 14, and will feature a fictionalized war-torn world.
"We've made which is to show the experience of what it was like to fight in this war".
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Jackson's movie, announced Monday, is among dozens of artworks commissioned by British cultural bodies to commemorate 100 years since the final year of the 1914-18 war.
Content will include World War One Centenary: Armistice, 100 Years of Votes, Spanish Flu Pandemic, 100 Years of the RAF and more.
Women will be invited to take to the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on June 10 for the event, holding banners, "echoing the practices of the women's suffrage campaign".
"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle - who helmed the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony - will create a mass-participation work to be performed on the anniversary of the November 11, 1918, armistice that ended the war.
Another new work, The Head And The Load by William Kentridge, will have its world premiere at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in July.