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.