Spielberg and Dreamworks co-chair-CEO, Stacey Snider acquired the rights to the book last fall. The film’s release date is set for August 2011.
War Horse was first published in 1982 by UK publishers, Kaye & Ward. It was a runner-up for the prestigious Whitbread Award that same year. The stage production was originally performed in London’s West End. It was very-well received in the UK and is due to come to New York’s Lincoln Center in March 2011.
Variety reports: “Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Great War, storyline charts the extraordinary friendship between a boy and a horse who are separated but whose fates continue to intertwine over the course of WWI. The Great War was a natural topic for Spielberg to take on. He’s already explored World War II in a number of projects, including directing Saving Private Ryan. He exec produced HBO’s Band of Brothers, and more recently, the pay cabler’s The Pacific.”