You might not peg the guy who wrote "I, Robot" and adapted
So when Goldsman says that he likes to see the world as "a grown-up fairy tale where nothing is without purpose," it makes perfect sense that 30 years ago, riding the
When Goldsman gained currency in Hollywood, he persuaded
"There's something very literary and wondrous about the idea of misunderstood destiny and loss leading to a different kind of gain," Goldsman, 51, says by phone from his New York apartment. "But it was a hard concept for me to figure out how to put on screen for quite a long time."
Goldsman was taking another pass at "Winter's Tale" in summer 2010 when his wife, Rebecca Spikings-Goldsman, died of a heart attack. She was 42. After months of trying to think and feel his way through the traumatic loss ("Everything just breaks," Goldsman says), he woke up one morning and started writing "Winter's Tale" again. Goldsman worked at home in a tiny bell tower that his wife had converted into an office.
"The book suddenly went from something I loved to the only thing that mattered," Goldsman says.
And as such, Goldsman felt he needed to direct the film based on it. To make that happen, he called in 20 years of favors, enlisting old friends like
Goldsman pared most of the book's unexplained mythology, pushing the love story between a 19th century thief (
Filming, heavy on location work in New York, was hectic, delayed slightly by
"I'm the kind of romantic that likes to find the meaning in things," Goldsman says. "Just in its natural course, life is sufficiently hard. And if you can find the hope underneath that, that there is connectedness and some reason to it, then there's some comfort in that. That's what I've learned anyway. And I think that feeling is in the movie."