Ryan Gosling is not just a pretty face, he is also super talented. He is one of those actors who can easily slip into completely different characters and convince you that they are real – Be it hyper-violent silent types (Drive), beard growing, house building, love declaring romantic types – the kind of type that is near impossible for any ‘real world’ man to live up to (The Notebook), the thought provoking, hip teacher with a drug habit type (Half Nelson, for which he was also Oscar nominated), the hot shot, overly driven, cocky lawyer type (Fracture), and my favourite, the lovable guy who everyone likes but is just a little bit off kilter…(Lars and the Real Girl), and so many more. Gosling is a real chameleon, and if acting his socks off and occasionally some of his other clothes (Crazy, Stupid, Love), playing the ukulele, saving women from traffic (in real life…read the full story here) is not enough, then fear not, he is adding another feather to his cap with his directorial debut: How to Catch a Monster.
“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 (Bones) 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.
Gosling has assembled a pretty stellar team in terms of acting and producing. Reuniting with his Drive co-star the gorgeous Christina Hendricks (best known for playing Joan in hit TV show, Mad Men) and producer Mark Platt, along with the newly confirmed Ben Mendelsohn (who co-starred with Gosling in The Place Beyond The Pines) principle photography is due to commence in 2013 with an expected release date of 2014. Not only is Gosling directing How to Catch a Monster, he is also writing and producing it.
On the subject of working with Gosling again, Producer Mark Platt had this to say:
“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.”
There really are not enough original fantasy films being made, and this one seems like it has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Plus, kudos to Gosling. The fact that he is writing, producing and directing his own project and really putting his mark on something is pretty ballsey, especially in a time where Hollywood is dominated by remakes, and originality is not given the showcasing it deserves. He is a man who has more than proven his acting chops, which can sometimes be overshadowed by the hordes of men and women who sometimes forget that he is more than fab abs and a handsome face (he is not the first to have this happen though…who would have thought that Leonardo DiCaprio was more than a pretty face? Well, to be fair anyone who has watched pretty much any of his movies would be fairly clear on that. The man is a class act and the same can be said for Brad Pitt too).
All in all I feel quite excited about the potential epic quality that How to Catch a Monster has. As far as modern fairytales go, I am hoping that it will be more Pan’s Labyrinth than anything by M Night Shyamalan. Stay tuned for more How to Catch a Monster news.
Are you excited about this project? Do you think Gosling will make a good director? Do you think there are enough original fantasy films being made? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.