After months of speculation over which film he would direct next, Steven Spielberg has finally made his decision. Production Weekly tweets that Steven Spielberg will direct the War Horse based on Michael Morpurgo children’s book World War I. War Horse won out over his long-in-development Abraham Lincoln biopic, a George Gershwin biopic, Jonah Nolan’s Interstellar, and adaptations of Flowers for Algernon, The 39 Clues, Pirates Latitude, and Robopocalypse. Here’s the official product description via Amazon:
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
War Horse is currently slated to hit theaters on August 10, 2011. Hit the jump to read the Booklist review of Morpurgo’s novel, which also provides the fun detail that the book is told from the horse’s perspective.
Here’s the Booklist review of War Horse:
Like Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful (2004), this searing World War I novel reveals the unspeakable slaughter of soldiers on all sides fighting against people who are just like them. The story is told by an English farm horse, Joey, and, as in Cynthia Kadahota’s Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam (2007), the first-person narrative blends the animal’s physical experience with what men say. On the farm, Joey has close ties to Albert, who is too young to join up when his dad first sells Joey to the army. Charging into battle under machine-gun fire, Joey is captured by the Germans, who train him to haul ambulances and guns. His reunion with Albert in battle is sentimental and contrived, but the viewpoint brings close the fury of the thundering guns, the confusion, and the kindness of enemies who come together in No Man’s Land to save the wounded horse. Joey’s ability to understand the language wherever he is–England, France, Germany–reinforces the novel’s antiwar message, and the terse details speak eloquently about peace. Hazel Rochman.