Steven Spielberg chooses next project: 'War Horse'

Finally, Steven Spielberg has chosen his next project: War Horse, the World War I story about a friendship between a boy and a horse. It’s been two years since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull bowed, and audiences worldwide have been waiting for Spielberg to choose his next movie. (Yes, he’s been working on the Tintin series with Peter Jackson but that film won’t bow until Christmas 2011.)

In the meantime, Spielberg has turned his sights to War Horse. The project is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo that was published in Great Britain back in 1982. The adapted screenplay has been written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis (Love Actually). The film, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest will be produced by Dreamworks and released by Disney Studios on August 10, 2011.

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  • ian g

    will probably be good; but doesn’t sound all too interesting :/

    • IE33

      And they forgot to mention the play that is based on the book, which won the Olivier Award for Best play this year in the UK.

      • Joe

        ok, the expression “bow” related to a films release date is so annoying…

      • Michael

        I saw the play in London and it was SO AMAZING! I’m sure this movie adaptation will be good. That is annoying that they neglected to mention the play. And I agree, Joe, the term “bow” for film release dates is so pretentious!

      • Kat

        Had no idea it was a book and play. Yes, the article should have mentioned that, hello.

      • KG

        @Joe: I’m so glad someone mentioned the excessive use of the word” “bow.” Really is annoying

      • Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander

        Speilberg has been in a slump recently producing lackluster work and even pure stinker like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – I wonder if he has lost hid touch and his best work is now far behind him.

    • blah…

      sounds really uninteresting for a movie. i know spielberg likes doing movies with kids in them. but as an adult with no kids, i will have to be bored on a rainy saturday afternoon once this is on HBO or STARZ before i watch this movie. not that i wouldn’t watch the play if i had the opportunity. but i look for different experiences from theater and film

      • Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander

        Watch “Empire of the Sun” starring a 13 year old Christian Bale about his separation from his parents after the Japanese invade China during WWII. It chronciles his struggle to survive. I think it is the greatest of Speilberg’s underrated gems, in fact, it may be one of his best films.

    • Chris

      @Joe: Agreed.

    • Kat

      The Black Stallion (’79) directed by Carroll Ballard was a sublime, wondrous film. Don’t know who could possibly top that which was about a relationship between a boy and his horse. But, if anyone can, Mr. S. can. Good luck Mr. Spielberg.

  • Colin

    what about the Abe Lincoln movie?

    • Jose

      I’ve been wondering the same thing.

    • Anne

      Yeah, seriously, when is he going to do that movie??

    • J.

      Spielberg couldn’t sell it to the studios, had trouble getting financing for it.

      • Sharlin

        WHAT!!!!

      • jared4ever

        I’m not sure I believe that.

      • Jose

        Makes sense considering that his last drama Munich underperformed at the box office despite getting rave reviews and five Oscar nominations.

    • Zach

      But that was supposed to be Liam Neeson’s Oscar. And it’s Spielberg!!

  • Tomás

    Sounds insignificant :( IS SPIELBERG FOR GOD SAKE!!!

  • DanB2666

    When will he make a action movie?? I enjoy those, these dramas (esp. WW1,WW2 and all the stuff he does on cable bores me).

    • Will

      He just did one, Indiana Jones..Crystal Skull and it was terrible.

  • Nathan

    So I guess that leaves 9 open spots in the Best Picture category for 2012.

  • Ted

    Sigh…does any one care about this? Honestly…sounds…um…amazing. Can’t wait to not see this movie.

  • Becca

    I think it sounds awesome. Horses are much more sophisticated emotionally than those who haven’t spent time with them realize. Most people who have the opportunity to develop a friendship with a horse are irrevocably changed for the better. I think there’s a tremendous amount there to fill out a movie.

  • Terri

    Just heard a story on NPR about the play based on this book and how it has had rave reviews in London and will be coming to New York next season. The few scenes they played on the segment were interesting and definitely pulled at your heartstrings. The story is actually from the point of view of the horse, from pet to being a horse in WW I.

  • Bentley

    Spielberg + Horses = Awesome. Maybe Kate Capshaw will help consult- she’s an avid equestrienne!

  • Randi

    Not a movie! It should come to Broadway! So good on the West End.

  • topher

    Sarah Jessica Parker is being considered for the lead role.

    • me

      winner

      • Monty

        Topher FTW

  • Roland

    What a yawner. Besides, it’s been done before. If Spielberg did his homework he would have seen that movies about special friendships between boys and their horses have been a staple of adult films for years. ;)

  • Mel

    I saw this play at the National Theatre in London and it was amazing. Even though the scenes between the boy and his horse could be a little cheesy at times, the war scenes definitely made up for it!

  • Alisa

    What, no mention that it was also a play put on by The National Theatre in London?

  • JaC

    I saw the War Horse in London last summer. It was incredible, though I think a lot of the magic was the puppetry aspects. Imagining it with live animals..well only Spielberg could make this work. But I have a hunch it will be great.

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