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Steven-Spielberg To Shoot His Latest Film On An Isolated British Moor

Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg will be shooting his latest film on a windswept, isolated moor - in Britain.
Dartmoor is the backdrop for a big-budget adaptation of War Horse, a novel by Devon writer Michael Morpurgo.
The book tells the moving story of a horse sold to the cavalry and then shipped to France during the First World War, and his young owner's mission to bring him home.


Hollywood treatment: Legendary Oscar-winning Director Steven Spielberg (left) is to shoot an adpation of 'Warhorse' - a novel written by Michael Morpurgo (right) in Dartmoor and London
'I know they are filming on Dartmoor and in London,' said Mr Morpurgo, who used his home village of Iddesleigh, near Winkleigh, North Devon, as the location for part of the novel.
'I am excited and I hope to go on set and see it.'
The author said he was thrilled that Oscar winner Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy were working together on the production.
'They made ET, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan,' he said.
'They have made the most exciting films and I am hoping they will do something wondrous with War Horse.'

And adding to the list of top names involved with the film are the twice Oscar-nominated Emily Watson and David Thewlis, who played Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter films.
Richard Curtis, famous for a range of programmes and films including The Boat That Rocked, Dr Who and Four Weddings And A Funeral, will be the screenwriter, alongside Billy Elliot's Lee Hall.
The well-known story is already receiving critical acclaim as a stage adaptation in London and will soon be seen by theatregoers across the pond when the production moves to Broadway.
Mr Morpurgo has seen the script for the film, which is due to be released next year, saying the writers had been "kind" to show it to him and allow him to make comments.
'It is fairly like the book,' said the author, who explained that the story was told by the horse, Joey.
'It is live action and the horses are going to be real for the most part, so we will see the story from the horse's eyes to some extent.
'All of the essential elements of the story are there, which is wonderful so it is going to be up to Steven with his magic to turn it into a great film.'
Mr Morpurgo believed that filming would begin in August and last about three months but he was not sure when the crew would descend on Dartmoor.
'It is going to be an event for the West Country,' he said.
'So much of Devon is stunning and I love the idea of bringing the countryside to people all over the world.'

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