Ryan Gosling’s Inevitable Directorial Debut Is a “Modern Day Fairytale” Starring Christina Hendricks

Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks

And you thought the most lasting piece from Drive was that tragic scorpion jacket hanging in your closet and all those College jams blasting out of your stereo! Turns out, the modern noir from Nicholas Winding Refn might have lit a fire in the belly of real human being and real hero Ryan Gosling, who has today announced details on his directorial debut, which will share both the fantasy noir nature of Drive and one of its leading ladies.

Drive co-star Christina Hendricks will star in the Gosling-penned and -directed How to Catch a Monster, a film that will reportedly combine “elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale.” Monster is “set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, [where] 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.” Producer Marc Platt describes the script as “beautifully haunting,” which sounds like a nice way to describe something that sounds just a bit bonkers but potentially wonderful.

Platt and Adam Siegel will produce for Marc Platt Productions, with Gosling also producing through his Phantasma Films banner, with Michel Litvak and David Lancaster also taking on duties through their Bold Films banner. Sierra / Affinity will handle international sales for the film, which will available to buyers for the first time at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to start filming in the spring of next year.

Litvak said of the production, “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.” We still have no idea what the hell this will look like, but go on with your bad self, Mr. Gosling. [Press Release, via ComingSoon]

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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