Ryan Gosling is using the reputation he’s built up over the past few years to get some of his own projects into production. The actor will make his directorial debut with How to Catch a Monster, an indie which “weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale.”
Christina Hendricks, who starred alongside Gosling in Drive, will take on the lead role. The film, which Gosling also wrote, is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.
Here’s some soundbites from the press release:
Ryan Gosling said, “I am very appreciative to Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive and I look forward to making this film with all of them.”
Michel Litvak, Bold Films financier, said, “We have a tremendous amount of trust and confidence in Ryan, Christina, Marc and Adam, both personally and professionally. We responded immediately to Ryan’s script, and look forward to nurturing the next phase of his career and continuing Bold’s commitment to an artistically collaborative environment.”
Producer, Marc Platt added, “We are thrilled to be producing Ryan Gosling’s debut as a writer & director and continue our collaboration which began on DRIVE. He has composed a beautifully haunting script and has a very clear vision of how he will bring it to life. His ability to draw audiences into his world as an actor will serve him well as a filmmaker.”
“Ryan Gosling has established himself as a dynamic talent onscreen with incredible instincts, and that ability to connect with audiences will serve him well in the director’s chair.” said Sierra’s Nick Meyer. “We are excited to be involved with the next phase of his career and look forward to bringing his directorial debut to the international marketplace.”
Filming is set to begin in early 2013, and it’ll be interesting to see what Ryan Gosling can do behind the camera with a concept like this.