Speilberg to Direct War Horse

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Academy award winning film director Steven Spielberg is to bring the West End hit War Horse to the big screen.

Last night Spielberg confirmed the move to adapt the tale of friendship between a boy and his horse, whose lives separate but continue to be intertwined as they try to survive the horrors of World War I. War Horse’s author, the famous children’s writer Michael Morpurgo, said that Dreamworks bought the rights to the tale late last year. Award-winning writers Richard Curtis and Lee Hall have been working hard to adapt it with an August 2011 release date in mind.

War Horse is set in 1914, and follows the tale of Joey, a horse sold to the army and “thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front.” There, the horse’s courage inspires the soldiers around him. But Joey is desperate to return to the life he left behind, which included Albert, the kindly farmer’s son who was his friend.

The critically aclaimed play has been a huge hit on the London stage, in which giant, man-operated horse puppets are used.

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