Spielberg's 'War Horse' Pushed to December 2011, After 'Tintin'

October 15, 2010
Source: Deadline

Steven Spielberg / War Horse

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!

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Warhorse doesn't excite me one bit. I am left feeling numb to the likes of this director, the ending of the film will dissapoint, that's a given for Spielberg and honestly, his voice just doesn't carry the same resonance in a post 9/11 world, his movies seem less believable.

LINKFX on Oct 15, 2010


sorry #1 - i think warhorse sounds interesting and i think it could be very good. i'm looking forward to seeing it. i'm with you as far as his last "indiana jones" movie - it was awful and shouldn't have been made. but, this guy has made some amazing movies (saving private ryan, schindlers list are examples) and i'm hoping he does the same with warhorse that he did with SPR..........that is, showing a strong friendship and emotional sentiment juxtaposed against the horrors of wartorn battlefields.

beavis on Oct 15, 2010


#1 Just wait until you see a trailer... I have a feeling this will feel/look a lot like Saving Private Ryan (another war movie!) but with a more intimate/personal story and set during WWI instead of II. It's Spielberg, you can RARELY go wrong with him, and I'm sure he'll deliver with this or he wouldn't have taken it on as his next project.

Alex Billington on Oct 15, 2010


I want a Spielberg to return to sci-fi so the quicker this gets released the better. Saving Private Ryan is my 2nd all time favorite war film (Full Metal Jacket being the first) and like Alex said, you can never go wrong with Spielberg.

peloquin on Oct 15, 2010


Actually some of the actors and people involved with it have described it as a PG-13 Family film. They implied that the audience is definitely children and families. So with that in mind, it may very well be good, but it won't be something I'm really excited for.

samir on Oct 15, 2010


Who cares about Tintin, outside of the Belgians? " can never go wrong with Spielberg." 1941, KoTCS?

superstitous hocus-pocus on Oct 15, 2010


agreed #6 - i have zero interest in "tintin".

beavis on Oct 16, 2010


@superstitous hocus-pocus I grew up on a Pacific Island half the world away from Belgium and I know and love Tintin. With over 200 millions copies in 50 languages sold, I'm guessing there is more interest for Tintin than just in Belgium. But it's just a guess.

andrew on Oct 17, 2010


@andrew You are absolutely right ! Tintin is not just confined in Belgium, but spread across the whole world. I live in India, and grew up reading Tintin translated in my own mother tongue. I can't forget those moments and still re-read the books. I already can't wait for Tintin movie, more so because Spielberg and P.J. is involved in it.

Uu on Oct 19, 2010


AS Boomer Hollywood continues to BURY all consciousness of the VAST 'eugenics friendly' RED Chinese halocaust (NOW est. 84 MILLION exterminated in 'peacetime' ---and still counting) ---time for another moral alibi, er, we meant 'tender moral fable from another age'...

Anon Ymus on Feb 5, 2011


I am hoping that it will be a great movie.  It seems like it has the potential. 

Eddie on Nov 29, 2011


For one of the best animal/man friendship movies ever made, watch an Australian movie called Red Dog-it is amazing!! I am a hardcore horror fan who usually stays away from animal movies, but never before in my life have i seen anything like Red Dog, trust me, you will never have seen a movie like it before and you will never see a movie like it again!! I guarantee everyone that sees it will be spellbound!!

pjfarmboy on Dec 8, 2011


Franchise slum Hollywood on hand with holiday horse worship, and moral alibis galore as they to continue to BALK and RUNfrom the awesomely important, urgently relevant 60th Anniversary of the ---------------------KOREAN WAR------------------------.

Saw see on Dec 20, 2011

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