Just last month, it was reported that Ryan Gosling would be starring in and making his directorial debut on a remake of the 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker. Well, now it looks like he won’t be involved in the project after all. At least for now. Deadline reports that the actor has informed MGM that he’s currently too busy to take the film on at the moment. He just wrapped the George Clooney-directed political drama The Ides of March and is currently on pre-production on Beyond the Pines, a drama co-starring Bradley Cooper that will reteam Gosling with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance.
After Beyond the Pines, Gosling is set to start filming Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) 1940s crime-drama Gangster Squad alongside Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie. Needless to say, he’s a busy guy at the moment. While MGM is set on developing The Idolmaker, if the film is still in the early stages when Gosling’s schedule clears up, he could feasibly return to the project. The actor has two other high-profile projects currently in the can besides The Ides of March: Drive starring Carey Mulligan debuted to high praise at Cannes and will be released on September 16th, and the dramedy Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone is getting some serious positive buzz. That film hits theaters July 29th.