See WWI in Color, in Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old

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See WWI in Color, in Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old

Arriving out of the ether of the internet this morning is a short trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old, director Peter Jackson’s feature-length documentary commemorating the centennial of the end of World War I. Which begs the question: Who else knew that Peter Jackson was even working on this documentary, anyway?

As it turns out, They Shall Not Grow Old was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the U.K.’s WWI centenary organization, along with Imperial War Museums, who donated reams of original war footage and audio that has never been seen before. That footage has now been colorized, cleaned up and converted to 3D, which will make for an immersive history experience the likes of which we’ve never seen when talking about The Great War. Surely, there will be some ghastly sights involved here—don’t go in expecting it to be like a round of Battlefield 1 on the PS4.

The film’s title comes from a poem by Laurence Binyon, “For the Fallen,” published in 1914. As it reads:

They shall not grow old, as we that re left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The film will see a limited theatrical release on the evening of Oct. 16, 2018, followed by a Q&A with Peter Jackson. Check out the trailer below.

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