MUMBAI: DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the book, War Horse. The announcement was made by DreamWorks partners Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg. Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest will produce the dramatic adventure set during World War I. Lee Hall has been set to write the screenplay.
War Horse was written by Michael Morpurgo and is published by Egmont Press. The book recounts the epic tale of an extraordinary friendship between a boy and a horse, who are separated, but whose fates continue to be intertwined over the course of World War I.
“From the moment I read Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse I knew this was a film I wanted DreamWorks to make,” said Spielberg. “Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country.”
“War Horse is an incredibly powerful story and everyone at DreamWorks is proud to be working again with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall as well as Revel Guest and Lee Hall,” said Snider.
“I am so happy to be producing another film in conjunction with my good friends Steven and Stacey,” said Kennedy. “We have enjoyed many exciting projects at various companies over the years but it will be a special pleasure to be together for this one, at DreamWorks.”