Steven Spielberg will now have two movies released within a week of each other thanks to a bit of re-scheduling by DreamWorks. According to Deadline the studio has pushed War Horse back from August 2011 to a more Oscar friendly December 2011. Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn will also be released in December 2011, on the 23rd, which is 5 days before War Horse will hit screens.
War Horse, based on the 1982 novel, traces a friendship between Joey, a horse sold into the British army and sent off to serve on the battlefields of France in World War I, and Albert, his young owner. The two become separated but “continue to be intertwined” as they try to survive the horrors of WWI. Newcommer Jeremy Irvine has landed the lead role of Albert, with Emily Watson and Peter Mullan playing his parents. David Thewlis (Remus Lupin from Harry Potter), Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement), Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean 4) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Thor) are also among the cast.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn also involves a boy and his mammal, but in this case it’s a dog. The film stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and will be using the same performance-capture technology James Cameron used for Avatar, so expect a visual treat. Spielberg actually finished filming in March 2009 after a mere 32 days of shooting, and Peter Jackson has since been working with WETA on the special effects.