We haven’t heard much about Ryan Gosling aside from the gossip surrounding his love life with longtime girlfriend Eva Mendes. After Gosling churned out film roles in a mind boggling speed for numerous years, it was obvious that the indie actor turned Hollywood matinée idol needed a break from seeing himself up on the big screen. It appears that dry spell for Gosling is about to come to an end.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Gosling is set to star, produce, and even possibly direct in the biopic for famed director and choreographer Busby Berkeley. This already sounds like a promising film for Gosling. Warner Bros, who’s probably feeling that sting from Gosling’s last outing with the studio for Gangster Squad, has already optioned the book in which the biopic will be adapted from.
Gosling’s next project is said to be based on Jeffrey Spivak’s book, Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley. For those who are not familiar, Berkeley passed away in 1976, but before his death he was known for being one of the famed director’s and choreographers for films like Gold Diggers (1933), 42nd Street, Fast and Furious (1939), and Babes on Broadway (1941).
Every biopic has to have some kind of element of drama, and it looks like Ryan Gosling’s next project as Busby is no exception. The director and choreographer was married six times, and dealt with alcohol problems and struggled with taxes. In addition he was also involved in a gruesome, deadly car accident that killed two people, and faced second-degree murder charge before he was acquitted. If that’s not a biopic in the making, we really don’t know what is.
While Gosling took a break from the big screen he wasn’t sitting at home and wasting his time. On the contrary, Gosling recently wrapped on his directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, which Gosling both wrote and directed. The film stars Gosling’s girlfriend Eva Mendes, his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, and Ben Mendelsohn.
How To Catch a Monster is also owned by Warner Bros and the studio plans to show Gosling’s first outing as a director at Cannes Film Festival. The film is said to be a fantasy thriller centering around Billy, a single mother, who is swept away by a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a “secret road loading to an underwater town.”
Looks like 2014 going into 2015 will be an exciting year for Ryan Gosling fans.
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