Will Smith and Russell Crowe Save Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'
Despite the fact that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) got the greenlight to direct his gestating adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel Winter's Tale almost exactly a year ago today, the project ended up sputtering out later in the year. However, Vulture has word that the filmmaker "called in every favor he had" and now big names Will Smith and Russell Crowe have committed to take supporting roles in the project. Warner Bros. is finally ready to make moves on the story about a thief, a dying girl and a flying white horse in 19th Century and contemporary Manhattan where magic is abundant.
Here's more evidence that getting a project off the ground in Hollywood is all about who you know since Goldsman worked with both Smith and Crowe on previous projects. Crowe will play Pearly Soames, a gangster boss, while Smith is playing a judge in the film. There will likely be plenty of big names taking small roles like this, and that always makes for a fun experience. However, the lead roles of the thief and the dying girl still need to be cast. The project is now looking to start shooting in September and October and with the new talent and about $20 million shaved off the budget, it seems like it will actually happen.