Akiva Goldsman Spins “A Winter’s Tale”

Writer Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”) will make his feature directorial debut on the $75 million fantasy drama “Winter’s Tale” for Warner Bros. Pictures reports Deadline.

An adaptation of the 1983 Mark Helprin novel, the story 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.

Goldsman has previously directed episodes of “Fringe”. Shooting kicks off Spring 2012 once he, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer completes his work on “The Dark Tower” adaptations for Universal Pictures.