Sam Mendes' World War I Pic '1917' Sets December 2019 Release

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Sam Mendes (left), Steven Spielberg

Mendes is reteaming with Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Pictures for the project.

Sam Mendes' World War I drama 1917 will open in select theaters on Christmas Day in 2019, followed by a nationwide release on Jan. 10, 2020, DreamWorks Pictures and Universal announced Thursday.

Mendes, who co-wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, will direct the film. The package was picked up by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners/DreamWorks this summer. Universal is releasing the movie domestically.

1917 will be Mendes' first time behind the camera since helming the last two James Bond movies, 2015's Spectre and 2012's Skyfall.

Mendes worked with Spielberg on his first two movies when the latter was running DreamWorks. The company was behind Mendes’ debut, 1999's American Beauty, which won five Oscars, including best picture, as well as his follow-up, Road to Perdition, the 2002 gangster drama that starred Tom Hanks.