Ryan Gosling is making his directorial debut with "How To Catch a Monster," it was announced today. The film — produced by Marc Platt and Adam Siegel on behalf of Marc Platt Productions — will be based on an original screenplay by Gosling, and star his "Drive" co-star Christina Hendricks.
"I am very appreciative to Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive and I look forward to making this film with all of them," Gosling said in a statement.
Sierra / Affinity will handle international sales for the film which will be made available to buyers for the first time at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Principal photography for the film is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2013.
"We have a tremendous amount of trust and confidence in Ryan, Christina, Marc and Adam, both personally and professionally," Michel Litvak, Bold Films financier, said. "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."
Producer, Marc Platt added: “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."
The film is described by the press release as the following:
"'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 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."
The film marks Gosling’s first time writing and directing a feature film.