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Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Dark Tower) has been working on getting his first feature film directing gig to the big screen for quite awhile now. His project is an adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel Winter's Tale. The project hasn't gone anywhere since it was first announced last year due to financial issues, but today Vulture is reporting that the film has landed a couple of huge big name actors to help thrust the project into production... Will Smith and Russell Crowe.
The story is set in both nineteenth-century and present-day Manhattan, and follows "a petty thief who falls in love with the dying girl who inhabits the house he’s just burgled and the gangster boss bent on killing him." According to the report, Crowe is in negotiations to play Pearly Soames, the gangster boss, and Smith would end up playing a judge. They are still »
An adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel, the $75 million fantasy drama follows Peter Lake, an orphaned mechanic who tries to rob a palatial West Side mansion. There he meets a young dying girl who he becomes determined to save.
A flying white horse also configures into the story which is set in both 19th Century and contemporary Manhattan. Shooting kicks off later this year.
Crowe will play a gangster boss with Smith appearing as a judge. Both actors have worked with Goldsman at least twice before. »
- Garth Franklin
Vulture reports that Will Smith will team for the first time with fellow A-list actor Russell Crowe in Winter’s Tale, the fantasy, time-bending Warner Bros drama that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Crowe was cast back in November to play the villain.
The film is an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 best-selling novel that flips back and forth between two different time periods in Manhattan, one in the early 19th century and one later that century. It centers on the love between an Irish burglar and a dying young woman, though Crowe & Smith have neither parts, instead taking supporting turns as a judge (Smith) and as gangster Pearly Soames (Crowe).
I’ve never read the much loved novel but it has such a complex plot that there isn’t really anyway to condense it into a few sentences, so here’s how the book is officially »
- Matt Holmes
It's not often that you see heavy-hitters like Will Smith and Russell Crowe (whose names alone can march us all to the box office in droves) sign on to films as supporting cast. And for both of them to do it in the same movie?
That must be some movie.
Both Smith and Crowe have joined the cast of Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut "Winter's Tale." Based on the time-jumping, anything goes Mark Helprin fantasy novel of the same name, the film will feature Smith as a judge and Crowe as a head gangster named Pearly Soames as the setting shifts back-and-forth between nineteenth-century and present-day Manhattan... with flying horses.
The two main characters in the story, Peter Lake and Beverly Penn, are still as of yet un-cast, but, in a nutshell, the two fall in love after he breaks into her Manhattan apartment and discovers her there, dying of »
- Amanda Bell
 Though Akiva Goldsman has been behind some of Hollywood's biggest hits of the '90s and '00s as a screenwriter and a producer, it's only now that he's gearing up to make his directorial debut. For the past few years, he's been trying to get together an adaptation of Mark Helprin's magical realism novel Winter's Tale, and he finally got the green light  from Warner Bros. last year. Now the project is taking another big step forward, as two huge names enter talks to star: Russell Crowe and Will Smith. More after the jump. Crowe was reported as being "loosely attached" to play the villain Pearly Soames last November , but Vulture  now updates that status to "in negotiations." Smith would have a supporting role as a judge. The site reports that Goldsman "called in every favor he had" to land the two stars, both of whom have previously »
- Angie Han
It’d be fair to say that movement’s been a tad sluggish for Akiva Goldsman and his passion project, Winter’s Tale. After all, we haven’t heard anything on this for almost three months — since several potential stars had their name thrown around — and, at the time, the need for a third-party financier led me to comment that a big name absolutely needed to be found.
Found they are. As Vulture reports, Goldsman “called in every favor he had” to save Winter’s Tale, and it’s paid off in a substantial way — Will Smith and Russell Crowe, the latter of whom was “loosely attached” in November, are now on board. Part-wise, the former will play a judge; the latter, meanwhile, will appear as “Pearly Soames, [a] gangster boss.” You might be asking why there’s a gangster in the story. (I’ll just pretend you did, for the sake of a transition. »
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6 items from 2012
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