Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to bring a novel based on the World War I to the big screen.

The Oscar winner has bought the rights to Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 book Warhorse, which follows the relationship between a boy and his horse in the backdrop of the war, reports hollywood.com.

“From the moment I read the book, I knew this was a film I wanted to make. Its heart and its message provide a story that can be felt in every country,” said Spielberg.

He has roped in Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall for the project. Hall will adapt the book and Spielberg will produce the film. However, it is uncertain if the latter will direct the movie as well.