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Weinstein's New Label, Radius-TWC, Acquires Latest Nicolas Winding Refn / Ryan Gosling Collaboration

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 1, 2012 at 12:58PM

The Weinstein Company's new label, Radius-TWC, has nabbed U.S. rights to "Only God Forgives," the latest from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn that sees him re-teaming with that film's star, Ryan Gosling. Kirstin Scott Thomas ("Sarah's Key") and Tom Burke ("Cheri") co-star in the crime thriller.
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The Weinstein Company's new label, Radius-TWC, has nabbed U.S. rights to "Only God Forgives," the latest from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn that sees him re-teaming with that film's star, Ryan Gosling. Kirstin Scott Thomas ("Sarah's Key") and Tom Burke ("Cheri") also star in the crime thriller.

Those scared off by the violence in "Drive" should probably steer clear of Refn's latest. As he told Indiewire in Cannes, before winning Best Director over Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar and Lars von Trier, "["Only God Forgives"] has some violence… and then a lot of violence."

Here's the synopsis per TWC:

Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a former kickboxer and gangster living in Bangkok. When his brother is murdered by a ruthless Thai police lieutenant, Julian is forced to seek vengeance or risk his own death.

The film is currently in-production in Bangkok, Thailand.

Full release below:

RADIUS-TWC PUTS ITS FAITH IN 

NICOLAS WINDING REFN’S ONLY GOD FORGIVES, STARRING RYAN GOSLING

Label Acquires U.S. Rights To Crime Thriller That Reunites Refn With DRIVE Topliner Gosling

Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke Co-Star In Wild Bunch/Gaumont Production,Currently Filming In Bangkok

New York, NY – March 1, 2012 – Radius-TWC, the new Weinstein Company label, announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to ONLY GOD FORGIVES, a crime thriller written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.  ONLY GOD FORGIVES reunites the filmmaker with actor Ryan Gosling, who starred in Refn’s recent critical and popular hit, DRIVE.  Kristin Scott Thomas (SARAH’S KEY) and Tom Burke (CHERI) costar.  The producers are Wild Bunch, Gaumont, and Lene Børglum, an executive producer of Refn’s 2009 VALHALLA RISING.  The announcement was made by Radius-TWC Co-Presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES is currently in production in Bangkok, Thailand.  This will be the fifth Refn film Quinn and Janego have distributed; during their tenure at Magnolia Pictures, theyworked on the Danish director's PUSHER trilogy, as well as BRONSON, a biopicabout the UK's most notorious prisoner.  Radius-TWC also recentlyacquired domestic rights to Luis Prieto’s English-language remake of PUSHER, which is executive produced by Refn.  

Said Quinn and Janego, "In DRIVE, we witnessed the birth of a genuine and utterly exhilarating cinematic partnership: Refn and Gosling.  Their success stems from Refn's unparalleled ability to create audacious anti-heroes and the ease with which Gosling inhabits these characters and imbues them with an untouchable, steely cool.  Combine that with an extraordinary villainess, the matriarch played by Kristin Scott Thomas, and ONLY GOD FORGIVES is sure to become a mesmerizing and provocative revenge classic.  We couldn't be more proud and elated to have this film on the Radius slate."  

Remarked Refn, "I am looking forward to continuingto work with Tom Quinn which we've done on 5 previous films. The combination with Harvey Weinstein and his team makes the future look even more promising and exciting for me."

The deal was negotiated for Radius-TWC by Quinn and Janego; and for the filmmakers by Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch and Cécile Gaget, Head of GaumontInternational.

SYNOPSIS – ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a former kickboxer and gangster living in Bangkok. When his brother is murdered by a ruthless Thai police lieutenant, Julian is forced to seek vengeance or risk his own death.

ABOUT RADIUS-TWC

RADIUS-TWC, a newly launched label within The Weinstein Company, is the first studiodivision dedicated to multi-platform distribution.  Utilizing both traditional and digital media, RADIUS-TWC will bring the highest quality films and other specialty entertainment to a wider audience than ever before.  Led by Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the label will continue to develop innovative distribution strategies to make marquee content available where, when and how consumers want.  The label recentlyannounced their first acquisitions: BACHELORETTE, a raucous comedy about three best girlfriends whose night of prenuptial debauchery threatens to ruin the wedding; and PUSHER, an English-language remake of the Danish cult hit by Nicolas Winding Refn about a London drug pusher who grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has releasedsuch popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes.  TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio’s history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay’s UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH’S KEY; and SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D. Currently in release are MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE ARTIST; THE IRON LADY; CORIOLANUS; W.E.; and UNDEFEATED. Upcoming releases include BULLY and THE INTOUCHABLES. Recently wrapped was SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, and currently in production is DJANGO UNCHAINED.

TWC is also active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production and currentPresident of Television Meryl Poster, with credits including the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series Project Runway, spin-off series Project Accessory and Project Runway All Stars, the VH1 reality series MobWives, and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which also received a Peabody Award. The company is currently in pre-production on the martial-arts epic Marco Polo for Starz as well as production on the second season of Mob Wives and the newest installment in the series’ franchise Mob Wives Chicago. TWC additionally has 17 series in different stages of development, including The Nanny Diaries, being adapted for ABC by Amy Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls).

This article is related to: Acquisitions, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives





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