DreamWorks & Steven Spielberg Adapting 'War Horse' Novel
by Alex Billington
December 17, 2009
The newly independent DreamWorks is developing an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel War Horse. Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest are producing. British writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Wind in the Willows) will write the screenplay. The book tells the epic tale of a friendship between a boy and his horse, who become separated but continue to be intertwined as they try to survive the horrors of World War I. War Horse was also recently adapted for the stage, with UK runs at the National Theatre and New London Theatre. I'm sure it's a great story, but does anyone want to see this?
"From the moment I read Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, I knew this was a film I wanted DreamWorks to make," Spielberg said. "Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country." A few weeks ago, Spielberg backed out of his Harvey remake, but hasn't announced what his next project will be. Maybe it's just me, but I find horse movies (e.g. Hidalgo, Seabiscuit, Flicka) kind of boring. I'm not saying they're bad movies, I just don't care about some horse sharing the horrors of World War I with some kid. The Playlist thinks Spielberg might also direct War Horse, but I hope he doesn't. Go back to sci-fi, Steven!