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Derek Cianfrance Talks Details for Place Behind the Pines, Reuniting with Ryan Gosling

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2011 at 6:15AM

Writer-director Derek Cianfrance's The Place Behind the Pines has Ryan Gosling attached and an offer out to Bradley Cooper. The two stars combined with the father-son-epic-crime-movie genre and the indie-sensibility of the Blue Valentine director could prove a powerful mix.
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Writer-director Derek Cianfrance's The Place Behind the Pines has Ryan Gosling attached and an offer out to Bradley Cooper. The two stars combined with the father-son-epic-crime-movie genre and the indie-sensibility of the Blue Valentine director could prove a powerful mix.

Gosling will continue his love affair with fast vehicles -- he plays a getaway driver in the Cannes-premiering Drive -- by playing a motorcycle stunt rider in Pines. Gosling and Cianfrance together on Blue Velantine (here's our Sundance, pictured) resulted in one of Gosling's best ever performances, which was underrated during Awards season 2010.

Cianfrance could bring out more of Cooper's substance than The Hangover franchise has, should he board the project. MovieWeb chats with Cianfrance, who offers the following details on the project:

"The next film I'm making is called The Place Beyond the Pines, which we'll shoot this summer. We're just locking up all our financing right now. It's a film about fathers and sons. It deals a lot with ancestry. Ryan Gosling is going to play a motorcycle stunt rider who comes back to the town of Schenectady to find out he has a young son from this one-night stand. He has to choose whether he's going to be a father, or whether he's going to be a motorcycle stunt rider. It's kind of a crime movie and it takes place over a couple of generations, and it's definitely very epic in scope. I'm super pumped about doing it."

Here's more from MovieWeb on how The Place Behind the Pines serves as the final part of Cianfrance's "trilogy" of films (including his debut and sophomore directing outings, Brother Tied and Blue Valentine.)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.