steven spielberg getty 320 Steven Spielberg mounts 'War Horse'After shooting the motion-capture picture “The Adventures of Tin-Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” Steven Spielberg has been debating what to direct next. After considering a biopic about George Gershwin and the sci-fi thriller “Robopocalypse,” the cinema icon has finally decided to return to the front with “War Horse.”

The movie, about a young boy and a horse whose lives intertwine through World War I and based on a 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, actually caught Spielberg’s eye as a stage play. The acclaimed West End adaptation by Nick Stafford convinced Spielberg and DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider to acquire the property as one of their first post-Paramount projects last fall.

The film features a number of thematic elements that Spielberg fans will recognize. The young boy against a dramatic and oppressive backdrop was a key element of “E.T.,” “Empire of the Sun” and “Artificial Intelligence: A.I.”  And, obviously, war has been the setting for “1941,” “Empire,” “Saving Private Ryan,” all four “Indiana Jones” movies and “Schindler’s List.”  However, this is the first time he’s tackled the “Great War.”

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