Russel Crowe and Will Smith Help Akiva Goldsman With His Directing Debut
02.02.12 by REELZ
For years, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been trying to break into directing, specifically for a movie adaptation of the 80's novel Winter's Tale and it looks as though, thanks to two big names in Hollywood, he will finally have his chance. Vulture reports that Goldsman "called in every favor he had" and eventually scored Will Smith and Russell Crowe — arguably saving the movie and jump-starting production.
The novel, which was written by Mark Helprin, is set in nineteenth-century and present-day Manhattan and tells the tale of a thief who falls in love with a dying girl who lives in one of the houses he robbed. Besides Smith and Crowe's roles, no other casting has been completed.
According to Vulture the reason Warner Bros. slowed production was due to money matters.
The film had been languishing at Warner over financial issues — as you might expect with a book that features an angelic white horse that can actually jump five New York City blocks at one go — but... between Goldsman shaving some $20 million off the original budget and landing both Crowe and Smith, the film is likely to... begin shooting as early as September or October of this year.
Goldsman is best known for writing the screenplay for A Beautiful Mind (which starred Crowe) and I Am Legend (starring Smith).