Ryan Gosling, the Oscar-nominated superhunk beloved by women everywhere even though his movies don't make a lot of money, is about to become a director. The star of The Notebook, Drive and "Young Hercules" (thought we forgot about that one, didn't you Ryan?) has decided to make his own script, How to Catch a Monster, for his debut behind the camera. Somehow, we don't think it's a sequel to How to Make an American Quilt.
How to Catch a Monster will star Gosling's Drive co-star Christina Hendricks as a single mother of two whose teenaged son wanders into a strange underwater world, whose mysteries they must all plumb in order to save their family. Coming Soon describes the script as "[weaving] elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale," and "set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city."
The choice of material may be unexpected to many of Gosling's fans, who know him best as the star of such serious dramas as Blue Valentine, The Believer and Half Nelson, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. It's unclear exactly how fantastical How to Catch a Monster really gets, whether this is a City of Lost Children kind of deal or a comparatively grounded Hugo sort of thing. All we know is, he's a talented, respectable actor who could quite probably do a very good job, but should probably direct with his shirt off if he wants to boost audience interest.
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