In the fickle world of cinema, there are very few actor/actresses names you can splash across a billboard to ensure a film’s financial success – there are even fewer directors. Tarantino, George Lucas perhaps and even James Camero, but above them all is Steven Spielberg. As a director, he’s the most successful of all time. His films have been so popular and so consistently entertaining, that people rush to see anything tagged as A Steven Spielberg Production. Well things are heating up for Steven Spielberg’s next project, a highly anticipated drama titled War Horse, starring Emily Watson, David Thewlis and Jeremy Irvine. After releasing a few photos from the set Spielberg has finally unveiled the film’s official synopsis, courtesy of DreamWorks.
Here it is:
From director Steven Spielberg comes War Horse, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.
The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.