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(2014)

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Steven Spielberg bought the film rights in 1983, soon after the book was released.
There was one report where Martin Scorsese had originally purchased the film rights to Winter's Tale, but he backed out for he deemed it "unfilmable".
Hans Zimmer had written most of the music for Winter's Tale (2014) before he had to leave to finish writing music for 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired by his friend Zimmer to write the remaining score and to collaborate with him on the whole score, overall.
Tom Hiddleston, Garrett Hedlund, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Luke Evans, Liam Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker were considered for the role of Peter Lake before Colin Farrell was cast.
Akiva Goldsman's directing debut.
When questioned by the Los Angeles Times about why Warner Bros. believed that he's the right man to write and direct the film, Akiva Goldsman replied: "I'm the kind of romantic that likes to find the meaning in things. Just in its natural course, life is sufficiently hard. And if you can find the hope underneath that, that there is connectedness and some reason to it, then there's some comfort in that. That's what I've learned anyway. And I think that feeling is in the movie."
Rhythm and Hues, the visual effects company were hired to create the visual effects before it went bankrupt in 2013. Framestore, the special effects company was hired to complete the visual effects work.
The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint; and two Oscar nominees: Graham Greene and Will Smith.
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Bella Heathcote, Lily Collins, Sarah Gadon, Gabriella Wilde and Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for the role of Beverly Penn.
Covered on How Did This Get Made episode 83.
When Peter's parents are lowering him from the ship in 1895, the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the background, with the brown copper color it had.
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Based on the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin. It is unknown when Helprin sold the movie rights.
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When Isaac Penn's photo on the newspaper is first seen in a framed newspaper on the wall of his mansion in 1916, the framed newspaper next to it has the headline "Lusitania Sunk", which describes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania which happened a year before the scene takes place, in 1915.
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Final credit for director David R. Ellis, who directed the film's second unit photography before his death in January 2013.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The main part of the movie is set in 1916, but the book being read by the Judge/Lucifer (Will Smith) while he's relaxing on the couch is Stephen Hawking's, "A Brief History of Time" which won't be published until 1988. He is also wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt. However, as Lucifer speaks about how his past, present, and future is all now, having these out of time items may be part of the concept.
When the family is at The Coheeries (in 1916), the nanny says they have been instructed to go next door to the Gamelys for a peppermint, during the boiler scene. Gamely is also Virginia's last name (in 2014).

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