After lining up a lengthy list of potential projects, Steven Spielberg has chosen yet another concept that will become his next directorial duty. He will adapt War Horse, a World War I story that centers on the friendship between a boy and his horse.
Screenwriters Lee Hall and Richard Curtis are adapting the Michael Morpurgo novel (published in 1982) and stage version that won an Olivier Award, according to Variety. DreamWorks, co-founded by Spielberg, has already scheduled its release for August 10, 2011.
This is the filmmaker’s first foray into the Great War, though Spielberg has told stories within the framework of WWII, including Saving Private Ryan and producing the HBO series “Band of Brothers” and the currently running “The Pacific.”
Spielberg has considered a number of other scripts, including a remake of Harvey that fell through without a lead and a long-gestating Abraham Lincoln biopic. He’s also producing a Matt Helm movie, biopics of Martin Luther King and George Gershwin, and an action movie titled Robopocalypse among others. Spielberg filmed the first installment of the Tintin series, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, for a Christmas 2011 release.
Perhaps the most intriguing piece of this story is the novel is told from the first-person perspective of the horse, Joey. He develops a friendship with young Albert before being sold to the Army and becoming a member of the cavalry. Despite being too young, Albert goes to France to rescue his friend. Furthermore, Joey is able to understand any language wherever he goes, even when captured and put to work behind German trenches.