Spielberg's 'War Horse' Pushed to December 2011, After 'Tintin'
We just updated our 2011 Release Schedule, so I thought it would be appropriate to mention that the release date of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, the first movie he's directed since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has changed. It was originally set to hit theaters in early August next year, at the end of the summer, but Disney (who's releasing all DreamWorks movies) has pushed it to December 28th, 2011. The interesting thing about that date is that it's only five days after The Adventures of Tintin, co-directed by Spielberg and Peter Jackson, arrives in theaters (on December 23rd), but maybe that's not that big of a deal.
Deadline adds that DreamWorks' Stacey Snider said the studio thought it "felt like a holiday movie" after they screened some early footage of the upcoming World War I set adaptation. I can't agree or disagree yet, having seen no footage myself, but I was looking forward to seeing this in the summer; it's never too soon to release the next new Spielberg movie! That said, maybe this is the best decision, since they think it will play well with holiday crowds, but December 2011 is becoming quite crowded already. Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes sequel, Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV, David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, and Jason Segel's Muppets movie are all scheduled for release in December of 2011. Damn that looks like it'll be a great month no matter what!
Spielberg's War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo's novel which also became a stage play, was adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio). This follows a young man named Albert (played by newcomer Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches during World War I. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert still heads to France to save his friend. The cast also includes Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson, David Thewlis and Niels Arestrup. The photos above were taken while shooting in Europe. We'll continue to keep you updated on War Horse!