Spielberg Taking A “Horse” To War

Well it looks like he’s finally made up his mind – the World War I epic “War Horse” will be Steven Spielberg’s next directorial effort reports The Wrap.

DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy confirmed the news and the studio has already set an August 10th 2011 release date for the project based on Michael Morpurgo’s celebrated 1982 novel.

The story follows the bond between a farmer’s son and his horse who are separated but who find their fates continue to intertwine over the course of the Great War. The horse is sold to the army and finds itself in the midst of the fighting on the Western Front and becomes inspiration for the soldiers around him.

Nick Stafford’s award-winning stage adaptation of the book is currently playing in London and will soon transfer to Broadway. Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Revel Guest and Spielberg will produce.

Lee Hall and Richard Curtis are adapting the book into a script. The film will premiere before Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” adaptation which hits December 23rd 2011.