5 May 2010
WAR HORSE MOVIE NEWS UPDATE
5 May 2010
Steven Speilberg has signed with Disney to direct his first cinema release since the last Indianna Jones movie, and it's going to be WAR HORSE! With a legend like that directing, the film is sure to receive massive budgeting and attract an all-star cast!
Apparently he was moved to tears when he saw the stage show in London, which convinced him it's a story well worth the best of attention. (See Blog dated 5th January 2010 for more info on the stage show.)
Although Disney own the rights to the movie, it may yet be released and marketed under the banner of their subsiduary company Dreamworks, depending on what the final film rating is. Apparently Disney don't release anything with a higher rating than a weak PG, as only family movies are suitable for the Disney branding.
Given that this movie is set in the bloody trenches of the First World War, and given Steven Speilberg's love of gory war scenes (remember the Normandy landing in Saving Private Ryan) I would have to guess there would be good reason to believe it will be too strong for the Disney label.
But that probably isn't a bad thing for the future of quality horse-movie releases. For too long they have been type-cast as light fluff for teenage girls and as we all know, that certainly isn't the case. There is huge and varied market out there for all things equine, and I believe it's a genre that has been much ignored in the last couple of decades.
The movie is due for (US) release in August 2011, so they had better get cracking. No cast has yet been named, however screen writers Lee Hall (who wrote the script for Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones 2, The Boat That Rocked and The Vicar of Dibley TV Series) have both been working on it for some time.