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Busy Ryan Gosling to Pre-Sell Directorial Debut 'How to Catch a Monster' at TIFF

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2012 at 2:31PM

Heartthrob and meme-inspirer Ryan Gosling is announcing his directorial debut. Gosling plans to write and direct fantasy noir thriller "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks. She plays a single mother of two in a surreal future city that is on the decline. When she gets caught in a dark dreamlike underworld, her teenage son finds a secret road leading to a hidden underwater town.
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Ryan Gosling

Heartthrob and meme-inspirer Ryan Gosling is announcing his directorial debut.  Gosling plans to write and direct fantasy noir thriller "How to Catch a Monster," starring "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks. She plays a single mother of two in a surreal future city that is on the decline. When she gets caught in a dark dreamlike underworld, her teenage son finds a secret road leading to a hidden underwater town. 

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce the "modern-day fairy tale" through Platt's eponymous production company ("Wanted"), along with Gosling's Phantasma Films and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster's Bold Films. International sales will begin on the film, which starts principal photography in the spring of 2013, at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

"Monster" isn't the only Gosling project to be a part of this year's TIFF: the actor also stars with Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes in Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," which will premiere at the festival.  His other projects for 2013 include "Gangster Squad," Nicolas Winding Refn's uber-violent Thai actioner "Only God Forgives" and an untitled Terrence Malick project.

This article is related to: Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks, Toronto International Film Festival, Derek Cianfrance


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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.