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First Look At Ryan Gosling In 'Only God Forgives'; The Weinsteins VOD Label Radius Pick Up Rights To The Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 29, 2012 10:20 PM
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Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling

Riding high off the fumes of "Drive" which had just won Best Director at Cannes, last summer FilmDistrict was set to re-up with Nicolas Winding Refn for his next film, "Only God Forgives" reteaming him with his totally brotastic bud, Ryan Gosling. Well, it seems the winds have changed somewhat dramatically.

Deadline reports that the deal with FilmDistrict never closed and instead, The Weinstein Company's VOD/multi-platform shingle Radius -- who recently snapped up the Refn produced "Pusher" remake -- has beat out a number of suitors (including CBS Films) to land the movie, in what is said to be a $2.5 million pricetag. Frankly, that's the kind of payout we'd expect from The Weinstein Company proper, not a VOD sideline gig, but we presume this deal will mark that shingle as major players.

Said to be more violent than "Drive," and featuring swordplay to boot, the story centers on Julian (Gosling), who has lived in exile in Bangkok after killing a cop ten year ago. With his brother, he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family's drugs smuggling operation run by his Florida based Mom, Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas). However, his brother gets into hot water when he murders a prositute, and the cops call on retired cop Chang - aka The Angel Vengeance -- to weigh in on the matter. He determines that the father of the murdered girl is allowed to kill Julian's brother, and in order to set the balance right, Chang then chops off his right hand. Hearing of her son's death, Jenna arrives in the city seeking revenge and forces Julian to hunt down Chang. He challenges him to a boxing match...and loses, setting Jenna on a path of revenge. Damn.

No word yet on release dates or anything like that, but considering filming only got underway early this year, we'd wager a fall festival bow at the earliest, though 2013 is probably more likely (and perhaps a return to Cannes, where "Drive" was a smash). Either way, it's a helluva start for the new shingle that also nabbed "Bachelorette" out of Sundance, and as long as the movie has a home, we're happy. In case you just can't wait to see anything from the movie, a first look at the film has popped up on the Wild Bunch website, with Gosling wearing his game face.

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  • cj | March 4, 2012 6:47 PMReply

    I am pretty sure Luke Evans isn't attached this this anymore, not since last July. No British accent I would think. Why would he?

  • lenij | March 4, 2012 10:58 AMReply

    does it matter what gosling's accent is or if he even speak english in this film. he can speak martian for all i care and still watch it anyway.

  • Estesban Prioriello | March 9, 2012 8:44 AM

    He (Gosling) had me @ 1/2 Nelson
    & cemented it w/Lars & the Real Girl!

  • hank | March 1, 2012 2:04 PMReply

    looks like he's dropping a deuce.

  • giuseppe sallo | March 1, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    Anyone know if (Gosling) character speaks with a "british" accent? Kristen Scott and Luke Evans are both attached to this, I am really looking forward to this.

  • BEF | March 1, 2012 10:52 AMReply

    Wait, is this not getting a theatrical release?

  • bruckey | March 1, 2012 8:16 AMReply

    Optimistic = it found a home
    Pessimistic = it's basically going straight to dvd

  • Kevin | March 1, 2012 9:04 AM

    No one spends $2.5 million on a movie to send it straight to DVD.

  • Jacob S. | March 1, 2012 1:00 AMReply

    What's up with the poor spelling that's been plaguing The Playlist lately? "just one Best Director at Cannes," really?

  • CallumQ | March 3, 2012 8:39 AM

    haha Kevin's the worst as well.

  • Head Buckaroo | March 1, 2012 1:14 PM


  • Jacob S. | March 1, 2012 12:59 AMReply

    What's up with the poor spelling that's been plaguing The Playlist lately? "just one Best Director at Cannes," really?

  • Ken | February 29, 2012 11:36 PMReply

    That's a lot of information you gave there... hopefully not too much info.

  • jesse | March 1, 2012 12:41 AM

    Glad I stopped reading after the word 'swordplay.'
    Looking forward to this one.

  • Anders | February 29, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    Maybe fall festivals Venice/Toronto debut? This sounds really exciting, seriously can't wait!

  • Evan | February 29, 2012 10:59 PMReply

    First. I'm pretty sure that this will be fantastic. Please come out this year.

  • Oogle monster | February 29, 2012 10:49 PMReply

    I am so down with an intense Baby Goose.

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