Ryan Gosling to Make Directorial Debut with Noir Fantasy HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER Starring Christina Hendricks

     August 29, 2012


Ryan Gosling is making moves behind the camera.  It was announced today that Gosling will be making his directorial debut with the “modern day fairy tale” How to Catch a Monster.  Gosling also wrote the script for the pic, which will star Drive and Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks in the lead role.  The story apparently weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense and centers on a single mother of two and her teenage son who stumble upon a road leading to an underwater town.

This is certainly ambitious material for Gosling to cut his directing teeth on, and it’ll be interesting to see how the immensely talented actor fares behind the camera.  Hendricks is superb on AMC’s Mad Men, so it’ll also be great to see her shine in a leading role.  Hit the jump for more, including the full logline for the film.

ryan-gosling-how-to-catch-a-monsterGosling recently wrapped a reteaming with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, the thriller Only God Forgives, as well as an untitled music-centered project from director Terrence Malick.  He’s been working on a remake of Logans Run with Refn, but How to Catch a Monster is poised to begin filming in spring 2013 so he’ll likely be busy with this project for the near future.

In addition to directing and writing the screenplay, Gosling will produce alongside Marc Platt and Adam Siegel (Drive, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).  Read the full press release below, which also includes the full logline.

Los Angeles, CA – August 29, 2012 – Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, will star Christina Hendricks in the lead role.  Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce on behalf of Marc Platt Productions, along with Ryan Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner.  Sierra / Affinity will handle international sales for the film which will be made available to buyers for the first time at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Principal photography for the film is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2013.

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.”

Written and directed by Ryan Gosling, HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, 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.

HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER marks Gosling’s first time writing and directing a feature film.  Gosling is an Oscar® nominated actor having starred in films including DRIVE, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL and HALF NELSON for which he received his Academy Award® nomination. Gosling also stars alongside Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes in Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, which will premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Three-time Emmy-nominated actress, Christina Hendricks is known for her performance as ‘Joan Holloway’ in the award winning television series “Mad Men.” Hendricks’ film credits include DRIVE; DETACHMENT; and LIFE AS WE KNOW IT. This year she can be seen starring opposite Annette Bening and Elle Fanning in the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Sally Potter’s GINGER & ROSA; and the Tribeca Films release, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, opposite Dermot Mulroney and Allison Janney.  Additionally, Hendricks recently earned rave reviews on stage while seen in Stephen Sondheim’s production of “Company” for the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

Gosling is represented by IFA Talent Agency and Carolyn Govers.  Hendricks is represented by Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon and CAA.

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