Akiva Goldsman is planning to make his feature directorial debut on Winter's Tale, an adaptation of the 1983 Mark Helprin novel, which was adapted by Akiva Goldsman, reports Deadline.

Winter's Tale centers around a thief, a dying girl and a flying white horse in 19th Century and contemporary Manhattan.

Warner Bros. is behind the $75 million effort, which will soon cast up the key roles including Peter Lake, the orphaned mechanic who tries to rob a palatial West Side mansion, and the young dying girl who meets him there, who he becomes determined to save.

The synopsis of the book:

"Set in New York at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, Winter´s Tale unfolds with such great narrative force and beauty that a reader can feel that its world is more real than his own. Standing alone on the page before the book begins are the words, I have been to another world, and come back. Listen to me. In that world, both winter and the city of New York (old and new) have the strength and character of protagonists, and the protagonists themselves move as if in a vivid dream. Though immensely complicated, the story is centered upon Peter Lake, a turn-of-the-century Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young heiress whom he encounters in robbing her house, and who eventually will die young and in his arms. His love for her, and a gift of grace, will allow him after the most extraordinary and painful explorations and discoveries to stop time and bring back the dead. To follow him, his predecessors, his inheritors, and his companions is to experience one of the great stories of American literature."

Warner Bros. will start production in spring 2012.