Spielberg’s Next Film Is About A Horse In WWI

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

If you’ve been keeping up on news regarding mega-producer and director, Steven Spielberg, you’ll probably be aware he has a lot on his plate. Focusing specifically on directing duties, Spielberg always has multiple projects lined up, most notably a biopic about Abraham Lincoln, a biopic about George Gershwin and The 39 Clues.

Now Variety reports that of the many films Spielberg has lined up, he has chosen the WWI film War Horse to direct next. And it’s exactly what you’d expect it to be – a movie about a horse in the first World War. We reported on Dreamworks acquiring the rights to the 1982 Michael Murpugo book in December 2009, and Spielberg supposedly wanted the studio to make it as soon as he read the book.

Here’s the exciting (sarcasm alert!) plot of War Horse:

Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Great War, storyline charts the extraordinary friendship between a boy and a horse who are separated but whose fates continue to intertwine over the course of WWI.

I’m sure fans of exciting Spielberg films like Jurassic Park and Jaws will be thrilled with that plot…

Spielberg will not only direct the War Horse adaptation but also produce it (no surprise there) along with Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones quadrilogy), Kathleen Kennedy (Schindler’s List) and Revel Guest. Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis (Love Actually) will write the script.

Despite this not being the most exciting sounding film Spielberg could have chosen, it actually shouldn’t be that much of a surprise considering the filmmaker’s penchant for war projects. The obvious Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan aside, he also produced the award-winning Band of Brothers and the new series The Pacific (both of which he produced alongside Tom Hanks), amongst others.

Spielberg sounds pretty enthused about the adaptation – “Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country.”

Nevertheless, I’m sure many of our Screen Rant readers won’t be all that enthused about War Horse. I personally want Spielberg to get on with making his much talked-about Lincoln biopic with Liam Neeson. That’s a project I think is suited perfectly to Spielberg and the fact that it’s taken so long to get made doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Hopefully once he’s done with War Horse he’ll move on to that.

What do you think of Spielberg choosing War Horse as his next directorial effort? Should he have chosen something more exciting different?

No word yet when we might see War Horse start shooting or when it’ll hit theaters. But you can catch Spielberg’s next film, The Adventures of Tin-Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn, when it hits theaters on December 23rd, 2011.

Source: Variety (via Coming Soon)

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  1. Sappy and trite. I saw Sea Biscuit already. Nothing beats the old Black Stallion movie when it comes to a boy and his horse. Besides I’ve been burned by Spielberg one too many times. I’m done with him. No more falling for the marketing b.s. Indy 4 was a huge disappointment.

  2. I’ve seen the play War Horse in London. If the film is half as good as the play then it will be fantastic.

  3. The plot doesn’t peak m interest, but maybe it could be interesting. I hope they film some WWI battle scenes. But I agree with you Ross, I’d much rather see the Lincoln biopic with Neeson…

  4. Another feel good WW2 horse epic. Come on!!! Step up your game!!!

    I was hoping Spielberg would direct Cloverfield 2, what a letdown this is.

  5. Whatever Spielberg creates I shall watch.

  6. No thanks. I’ve already seen Seabiscuit and I’ve been burned 1 too many times by Spielberg: Indy 4, A.I., Minority Report, War of the Worlds… all crap. My money will go toward new directors/new filmmakers.

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