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Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut Winter's Tale nabs Russell Crowe and Will Smith

Feb. 1, 2012by: Alex Riviello

Well, that's one way for an often-lambasted writer/producer to get attention.

Warner Bros. greenlit Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Mark Heprin's "Winter's Tale" a year ago, but it hasn't gotten anywhere in development. Rumors of the film not having secured funding didn't stop Goldsman from trying to cast the film, and today we hear that he somehow has done it. 

Not only that, but he got the two stars from perhaps his most famous films- Russell Crowe (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Will Smith (I AM LEGEND), to appear in his directorial debut.

The synopsis of the book-

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake--orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beseiged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

According to Vulture Goldsman "called in every favor he had" to get the two big name stas, and even then they'll only be appearing in minor roles. Crowe looks like he'll appear as Pearly Soames, a gangester boss, and Smith will play a judge, The lead roles haven't been set yet.

Soon, we will see what Goldsman directing looks like, and I'm not sure how scared we should be, especially since the book actually sounds pretty interesting. Not sure what will happen to it once the scribe behind BATMAN & ROBIN and I, ROBOT gets a hand on it. WINTER'S TALE is set to begin shooting this fall.

Source: Vulture

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2:17PM on 02/27/2012

Peter Lake

OK. I know we all appreciate "new blood" in the film-arena, but as I'm reading this novel, I can see Leonardo DiCaprio playing the role of Peter Lake -- although he's slightly below the "middle age" mark -- such is that of the main character of Peter in the story. Great read, by the way.
OK. I know we all appreciate "new blood" in the film-arena, but as I'm reading this novel, I can see Leonardo DiCaprio playing the role of Peter Lake -- although he's slightly below the "middle age" mark -- such is that of the main character of Peter in the story. Great read, by the way.
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9:01PM on 02/01/2012
Anybody read the book? I'm intrigued about THAT, unless it was the author that wrote that synopsis so douchey. I'm all about Crowe but could give 2 craps about Smith anymore. Unless he shows me something new, different, fresh, edgy, SOMETHING . . .
Anybody read the book? I'm intrigued about THAT, unless it was the author that wrote that synopsis so douchey. I'm all about Crowe but could give 2 craps about Smith anymore. Unless he shows me something new, different, fresh, edgy, SOMETHING . . .
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8:24PM on 02/01/2012
I like the pairing of Smith and Crowe.
I like the pairing of Smith and Crowe.
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6:41PM on 02/01/2012
Its not a dislike of Goldsman, there are just better writers out there that are not getting the chance because they don't have the same kind of connections referenced in the article.
Its not a dislike of Goldsman, there are just better writers out there that are not getting the chance because they don't have the same kind of connections referenced in the article.
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6:29PM on 02/01/2012
Why all the hate? Yes, Goldsman is responsible for some god-awful Batman movies. He also, however, brought us Cinderella Man, Beautiful Mind, and yeah (I loved this movie) I, Robot. So lay off, let's give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
Why all the hate? Yes, Goldsman is responsible for some god-awful Batman movies. He also, however, brought us Cinderella Man, Beautiful Mind, and yeah (I loved this movie) I, Robot. So lay off, let's give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
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5:41PM on 02/01/2012

FRINGE

Goldsman has been [link] on "Fringe" for the last two seasons and doing a bang-up job, so... bring it on.
Goldsman has been [link] on "Fringe" for the last two seasons and doing a bang-up job, so... bring it on.
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