Writer-director Shane Black’s original detective thriller “The Nice Guys,” starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling and produced by Joel Silver, will be on sale at the Toronto Festival market. Warner Bros. has picked up North American distribution rights. Waypoint Entertainment executive producer Ken Kao will co-finance, with his and Alex Walton’s Bloom handling international sales. They will introduce the film to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
“The Nice Guys” is set in 1970s Los Angeles, as private dick Holland March (Gosling) and leg-breaker-for-hire Jackson Healy (Crowe) partner up to solve the case of a missing girl and a dead porn star. They uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. It sounds like an updated “Chinatown.”
Bloom and Waypoint are currently in production on Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Andrew Driver, and Watanabe; and Terrence Malick’s next two films — “Knight Of Cups” with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, and an untitled film featuring Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett.