Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn hit it off on the set of Drive, leading to public displays of affection on the festival circuit and another collaboration titled Only God Forgives. According to Deadline, several studios contended for the distribution rights before Drive studio FilmDistrict picked up Only God Forgives in a seven figure minimum guarantee deal. Given the rave reviews Drive earned at both Cannes and the LA Film Festival, FilmDistrict is very happy with the product and Refn likes the direction of the marketing. The reteaming follows.
Gosling plays Julian, a man on the run from the British police. Julian owns a Thai boxing club in Bangkok that fronts for a drug smuggling operation: “He winds up getting in the ring for a shot at redemption.” Sounds odd in a manly sort of way. I’m in! The Wild Bunch production will shoot later this summer in Thailand. Drive opens on September 16 and I am dying to see it.