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Steven Spielberg and the War Horse he rode in on

5 years agoby:

See ya later, Abe. Not now, space travel. Take a rest, Gershwin.

After developing at least a dozen different projects over the past few years, Steven Spielberg has finally decided on his next. And it will be WAR HORSE, an adaptation of the novel by Michael Morpurgo.

Dreamworks optioned the rights to the book (published in 1982) just last December. The story has also been adapted to the London stage.

Here's what it's all about: 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?

Spielberg has been playing with his tech toys on TINTIN and developing various other projects, some of which (like the HARVEY and OLDBOY remakes) have thankfully been put to bed while others hang in a holding pattern. He's also still cranking away in a producer capacity on the Coens' TRUE GRIT, Jon Favreau's COWBOYS & ALIENS and a cable miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's brick "Under the Dome".

Extra Tidbit: Does anyone else remember the PC game "Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair"?
Source: Variety

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2:30PM on 05/04/2010
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11:35AM on 05/04/2010

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London's National Theatre actually commissioned this as a play a couple of years ago. It has become so successful that West End shows are still selling out as well as being on Broadway next season. When I saw it, I was incredibly moved. It's going to be an oscar contender. Just you wait :)
London's National Theatre actually commissioned this as a play a couple of years ago. It has become so successful that West End shows are still selling out as well as being on Broadway next season. When I saw it, I was incredibly moved. It's going to be an oscar contender. Just you wait :)
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10:44AM on 05/04/2010
I predict the horse gets eaten by the end of the movie. It IS France after all!
I predict the horse gets eaten by the end of the movie. It IS France after all!
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9:41AM on 05/04/2010

Interesting

I went to see this show in London last year, I never actually imagined that it would be adapted into a film but considering the story if any director were to do it, it would be Spielberg.

Should be good, its got a decent story and most of the audience were in tears by the end - I'm sure Spielberg will have no problem replicating that effect.
I went to see this show in London last year, I never actually imagined that it would be adapted into a film but considering the story if any director were to do it, it would be Spielberg.

Should be good, its got a decent story and most of the audience were in tears by the end - I'm sure Spielberg will have no problem replicating that effect.
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6:32AM on 05/04/2010

SNORE

That description sounds boring as hell.
That description sounds boring as hell.
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2:02AM on 05/04/2010
I think I had that game, back in the 90's. The problem with it, as I recall, was that you basically made the same movie over and over again. Boring.
I think I had that game, back in the 90's. The problem with it, as I recall, was that you basically made the same movie over and over again. Boring.
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12:44AM on 05/04/2010
This sounds kind of dumb, but Spielberg is good, so hopefully it's better than the plot description sounds.
This sounds kind of dumb, but Spielberg is good, so hopefully it's better than the plot description sounds.
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11:53PM on 05/03/2010

I remember Spielberg's Amazing Stories...

that shit was awesome, yo...

at least back in the day it was.
hey, it's on netflix streaming.
that shit was awesome, yo...

at least back in the day it was.
hey, it's on netflix streaming.
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11:46PM on 05/03/2010
Sounds good. And it's Spielberg so you know it's gonna be a great story. How bout it stars Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, and Matt Damon.
Sounds good. And it's Spielberg so you know it's gonna be a great story. How bout it stars Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, and Matt Damon.
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11:30PM on 05/03/2010
Hopefully this will be the film that brings back classic Spielberg.

It certainly sounds like something he would have made in the 80s.
Hopefully this will be the film that brings back classic Spielberg.

It certainly sounds like something he would have made in the 80s.
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11:18PM on 05/03/2010

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I still can't believe they couldn't find anyone better than Quentin Tarantino for a leading man in that game. Otherwise, it was pretty neat.
I still can't believe they couldn't find anyone better than Quentin Tarantino for a leading man in that game. Otherwise, it was pretty neat.
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