Hollywood has just given the thumbs up to another novel for film adaptation. Winter’s Tale written by Mark Halprin was first released in 1983. The premise of the story takes place in a future New York with hints of mysticism, and allure that adds a unique quality to an already captivating, and original story. Of course, if Halpring should thank anyone in Hollywood for the resurgence of his book it definitely has to be a certain screenwriter along with the help of two big name stars in the film industry.
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, he man who wrote well known films I Am Legend and Batman and Robin, has had the script for Winter’s Tale floating around the purgatory that is “film development”. With his involvement in other projects such as: I Am Legend, Hancock I, Robot, and a A Beautiful Mind. We can definately understand why he would reach out to the big star’s in both of these films to help him out, and lending their names and talents to this film.
So, with the help of Russel Crowe and Will Smith he has been able to their top notch acting to lend more interest to the film, while managing to shave 20 million dollars off of a 75 million dollar budget. This allows for the film company to take a step towards filming possibly starting in the Fall. Film adaptation of Helprin’s novel will be Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, and should hopefully be a hit in the box office. With so many books being adapted into film in the next year or two, it seems that I’ve definitely started a reading list to last me past summer vacation and a little into the Fall.