Spielberg to Direct WWI Movie ‘War Horse’

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg, never one to turn down a project about a war of yore, has chosen WWI drama War Horse as his next directorial effort.

Spielberg will helm the movie, which is based on the Michael Morpurgo novel of the same name and centers on the sure-to-be-heartstring-tugging relationship between a boy and a horse during the First World War.

Spielberg’s past war-centric outings have included Saving Private Ryan (as a director) and HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific (as a producer).

War Horse is penciled in for a release on Aug. 10, 2011, just a few months before his 3D Adventures of Tin-Tin opens.