03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Steven Spielberg To Make A Movie Of "War Horse"

Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios have bought the rights to the book "War Horse," about the long friendship between a British boy and his horse Joey before and during World War I -- a novel that was adapted into a hit play now running in London and expected in New York in 2011.
DreamWorks has tapped Lee Hall, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "Billy Elliot" and the book and lyrics for "Billy Elliot: The Musical," to adapt "War Horse" for the screen. The novel was written by Michael Morpurgo and published in 1982. A DreamWorks statement did not say if Mr. Spielberg or someone else would direct the film, which the statement referred to as "a dramatic adventure set during World War I." Mr. Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest will produce. No release date was set.