Dan Snierson
December 16, 2009 AT 10:15 PM EST

DreamWorks has purchased the film rights to the 1982 novel War Horse, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set during World War I, Michael Morpurgo’s book centers on the friendship between a boy and a horse.  Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall will pen the script, while Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest are set to produce.

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