After he made Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg remained extremely invested in telling more stories from World War II, going on to produce two fantastic mini-series' for HBO called Band of Brothers and The Pacific, as well as having a hand in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, and TV docs like We Stand Alone Together, Eyes of the Holocaust and The Lost Children of Berlin. This month Spielberg unveils his adaptation of the mesmerizing novel (and play) War Horse, which marks the filmmaker's first encounter with World War I (or The Great War). Spielberg will be the first one to admit that he does not consider War Horse to be one of his "war pictures," because it's much more about the story of this boy and his horse, and while telling their story he provides snapshots of what was supposed to be the war to end all wars. So will those snapshots inspire Spielberg to revisit World War I following War Horse for perhaps another movie, television mini-series or something else based on The Great War?
We asked him this during the press junket for War Horse over the weekend, and Spielberg was quick to respond. "Because I never intended War Horse to be a war movie, it didn't hit the same buttons -- it didn't trigger the same response in me that Saving Private Ryan did in wanting me to tell more stories about my father's war," he told us. "My father's almost 95, and he fought in World War II, and he's the one that really infused me with stories about that war and the importance of telling the veteran stories about that war while they're still here to pass down some of those stories to their grandkids. So, no, I don't think so."
There you have it. While many of you will probably want to see the iconic director revisit World War I after watching War Horse -- in part because his World War I snapshots are addictively brutal, intense and emotional -- it looks like he's got other things in mind, including his movie about Abraham Lincoln, which is currently in production now.