Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe may be going "over the top" in a remake of the World War I epic All Quiet On The Western Front.
Radcliffe, whose non-Potter roles have been confined to the 2007 drama December Boys, is being lined up to play Paul Baumer, a sensitive teenager who is urged to join the German Army by his teacher.
The 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque was first made for the big screen the following year by director Lewis Milestone and won an Oscar for best picture.
Ex-Washington Post managing editor Ian Stokell and producer Lesley Paterson are producing and putting together a screenplay that will have a "gritty, journalistic approach".
Expanding on the novel, it will not only be about the brutality and horror of the trenches for infantrymen, but "also to add substantially to the development of the main characters" with an emphasis on realism.
"We plan on recreating the spectacular visual ambience of trench warfare - miles and miles of desolate, bombed out and cratered landscape - we also intend to add more texture and emotional layering to the overall story" says Stokell.
The final part of the 'Harry Potter franchise - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt II, is due out next year.