Ryan Gosling makes the leap to director with How To Catch A Monster

Ryan Gosling

Far from being just another exceptionally pretty face, Ryan Gosling has made a name for himself both as an excellent young actor and as one of the few former child stars to successfully segue into gritty, complex adult roles. If you haven’t yet seen his work in the dark thriller Drive, we implore you to fire up Netflix and spend the next few hours streaming the flick.

Enough about Gosling’s acting though. Today we’re here to talk about the man’s first tentative steps toward calling the shots behind the camera as a full-fledged film director. He’s got a project lined up called “How To Catch A Monster,” and Gosling has even wrangled Christina Hendricks (who also appeared in Drive) to star in his debut directorial effort.

Variety reports:

Ryan Gosling will make his directorial debut with the dark fairy tale he wrote “How to Catch a Monster,” with Christina Hendricks set to star.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce on behalf of Marc Platt Prods., along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner, and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner.

Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales for the film, which will be made available at next week’s Toronto Film Festival. Principal photography is to begin in spring.

Story is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

As far as premises go, that’s a pretty solid one, though we’re both amused and somewhat bewildered that Gosling would choose such a potentially dark tale as the first movie he’d like to direct. We have no idea what sort of directorial chops Gosling might have, though that synopsis has us imagining this movie as akin to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth or maybe one of those Neil Gaiman stories where childhood whimsy masks an unknowable reality in which all of the worst nightmare creatures mankind can imagine live, work and cavort with one another. Hopefully we aren’t reading too much into that final sentence, because the version of this film that is now being formed by speculation and wild guesses in our minds seems really interesting.

Unfortunately, How To Catch A Monster is still in the very early stages of production. Though we have a director and a leading lady, there is no word on when this film might possibly hit theaters, nor any word on who else might be tapped to round out the cast. Given Gosling’s massive popularity of late it shouldn’t be that difficult for him to attract other notable thespians to the movie, though again, we just won’t know anything solid about this flick until either it hits theaters or Gosling et alia opts to fill us in on his grand scheme for this project.