Spielberg Horses Around
The rights to Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse were bought by the Oscar winning film maker last year, who hopes to make the story of a farmhand and his colt, Joey, a cinema hit.
Involving great endeavour to find the horse, including braving the WWI trenches, War Horse is seen by Spielberg as a wide appealing story, “Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country”.
The second world war is something the director has already looked at in film and television, so the book – first published in 1982 – was bound to be of interest to the film-maker. This interest means that projects such as proposed biopics of Abraham Lincoln and composer George Gershwin, plus the sci-fi tale Robopocalypse will not be furthered for the forseeable future.
Spielberg saw the stage version of War Horse in March. Its success is being rewarded with an outing on Broadway – an indication, at least, that the story is worthy of this proven director’s touch.