Akiva Goldsman Gets the Greenlight to Direct 'Winter's Tale' in 2012
You may know his name, from writing screenplays for A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Angels & Demons or I Am Legend (which is when we interviewed him), but Akiva Goldsman is finally set to make his feature directorial debut on the adaptation of Winter's Tale for Warner Bros. Adapted by Goldsman himself from Mark Helprin's 1983 novel, Winter's Tale centers around a thief, a dying girl and a flying white horse in 19th Century and contemporary Manhattan. His start date isn't until spring of 2012, but in the meantime he'll be working on The Dark Tower movie with Ron Howard, which he'll finish before moving on to Winter's Tale.
Goldsman has been trying to get into directing for a while. We reported last year that he was set to start with Man and Wife, but it looks like that's off the table; he was also briefly involved with Paranormal Activity 2. This Winter's Tale seems like an odd project to take on for his debut (although he has also directed episodes of "Fringe"), especially considering the bigger fantasy elements it contains, but maybe Goldsman is actually a great director just waiting to show us what he's capable of. Winter's Tale will get a $75 million budget and is looking at casting the two main characters - Peter Lake, an orphaned mechanic who tries to rob a palatial West Side mansion, as well as the dying girl he meets there that he becomes determined to save. Stay tuned!