Aside from famously using a single shot, 1917 relies heavily on a tight and emotional script that viewers will get to witness unfold starting Christmas Day. Screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns spoke with Screen Rant about her collaborative process with director Sam Mendes, and about her own personal interest in the World Wars.
First and foremost, this is an amazing movie. Going in, I get caught up because this has been the big one-shot thing. But then you get so caught up in the story that I completely forgot about that. I know the story came from Sam’s grandfather. Talk to me about that collaboration process with Sam, and about when he laid out the story for you.
There’s a great line in this film. I’m going to paraphrase it, but it’s something along the lines of, “Why did you choose me for this?” And he says, “Well, I thought was gonna be something easy, like getting food.” Can you talk to me about the two main characters that Dean and George play, because I feel they’re so relatable in so many different ways. But I didn’t realize, after researching this, how young the men were at war.