Spielberg fans, take note: 2011 will be a busy year for the filmmaker, according to Variety. The man has opted to direct War Horse, a film to be based on both a kid's book and the subsequent stage play.

For a lot more detail on the project, which is obviously still in the early stages, we look to a Guardian piece from last December: "With its innovative use of life-size puppets to depict the horses of the first world war, the story of a young Devon farmhand who braves the trenches in an effort to find his beloved colt has proved a huge success on stage." Variety describes it thusly: "Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Great War, storyline charts the extraordinary friendship between a boy and a horse who are separated but whose fates continue to intertwine over the course of WWI."

So it went from a kid's book (written by one Michael Morpugo in the early '80s) to a stage play ... and now it's tapped to be Steven Spielberg's next directorial effort for Disney & DreamWorks. Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) have been hired to turn the book and the play into a screenplay. For Mr. Spielberg's part, his "next" film, The Adventures of Tin Tin, is presently scheduled for a December 2011 release -- which means War Horse aims to be ready four months earlier than that? It wouldn't shock me, considering we've had several years (1997, 2002, 2005) that offered us two Spielberg films.

It feels like it's been a decade since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, doesn't it?