Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (Angels & Demons) has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel Winter’s Tale. Goldsman has directed four episodes of Fringe (which he produces) and one episode of Kings, but this will be his feature directorial debut. Goldsman was reportedly drawn to the fantasy of Winter’s Tale, which tells the story of “a thief, a dying girl and a flying white horse in 19th Century and contemporary Manhattan.” According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is setting up the adaptation with a relatively large $75 million budget. The studio has begun the casting search in preparation for a spring 2012 start.
Goldsman should have his hands full until then (and beyond) as the writer tasked with adapting Stephen King’s Dark Tower series for Universal. Goldsman has written the first Dark Tower film and is on tap to script first season of television; he is on board as at least a producer for the other two films in the trilogy and subsequent TV seasons in the ambitious franchise. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Winter’s Tale.
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. [Amazon]