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In February 2010 it was announced that the War Horse — Broadway play is going to the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway in New York City, New York, United States. Director Steven Spielberg has reportedly bought the film rights of the play. In May 2010, it was reported Steven Spielberg would direct the movie adaptation with Richard Curtis and Lee Hall writing the screeplay, with a reported release date of August 10, 2011. Eddie Redmayne had been cast as the lead role, but was later replaced by Jeremy Irvine. Tom Hiddleston, from Thor, will also star. The full cast was revealed on June 17, 2010. The film will be produced by Spielberg's studio DreamWorks, and it will be released and distributed by Disney's Touchstone banner, as part of the 30-picture deal between DreamWorks and Disney.

A radio adaption of the book was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 8 November 2008. War Horse —featured Timothy Spall starring as the voice of Joey, Brenda Blethyn as Mother and Bob Hoskins as Sergeant Thunder.
The book has also been made into a play adapted by Nick Stafford. The play, also called War Horse, was staged at the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre in London. The production opened on 17 October 2007 and was met with critical acclaim — its use of life-size puppets of horses from the Handspring Puppet Company won an Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for design.
War Horse is a children's fiction novel by Michael Morpurgo. It was first published in Great Britain by Kaye & Ward publishers in 1982.

At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire; death, disease and fate take him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No Man's Land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist in the British Army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find the horse and bring him home.

War Horse — Broadway Genesis:
With his wife, Morpurgo founded Farms for City Children, a charity where inner city children live and work on rural farms for a week. Interviewed on Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 by Fi Glover in December 2010, Morpurgo recounted the event that led him to write the book:
One of the kids who came to the farm from Birmingham, a boy called Billy, years and years and years ago now, the teachers warned me that he had a stammer ... and told me not to ask him direct questions because it would terrify him if he had to be made to speak because he doesn’t speak. They said ‘He’s been two years in school and he hasn’t said a word, so please don’t confront him or he’ll run back to Birmingham’, which is a long way from Devon and they didn’t want that. So I did as I was told and I stood back and I watched him, and I could see that he related wonderfully to the animals, totally silently, never spoke to the other kids at all, and then I came in the last evening, which I always used to do, to read them a story. It was a dark November evening and I came into the yard behind this big Victorian house where they all live, and there he was, Billy, standing in his slippers by the stable door and the lantern above his head, talking. Talking, talking, talking, to the horse. And the horse, Hebe, had her head out of, just over the top of the stable, and she was listening, that’s what I noticed, that the ears were going, and she knew - I knew she knew - that she had to stay there whilst this went on, because this kid wanted to talk, and the horse wanted to listen, and I knew this was a two way thing, and I wasn’t being sentimental, and I stood there and I listened, then I went and got the teachers, and brought them up through the vegetable garden, and we stood there in the shadows, and we listened to Billy talking, and they were completely amazed how this child who couldn’t get a word out, the words were simply flowing. All the fear had gone, and there was something about the intimacy of this relationship, the trust was building up between boy and horse, that I found enormously moving, and I thought, Well yes, you could write a story about the First World War through the eyes of a horse, let the horse tell the story, and let the story of the war come through the soldiers: British soldiers first of all, then German soldiers, then a French family with whom the horse spends winters, and that maybe you’ll then get a universal idea of the suffering of the First World War. So in a way I just took a gamble and went for it, and then wrote like a horse for about six months.

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