A few month ago we started talking about “Only God Forgives”, a film that has been called a “modern Thai Western”, which Ryan Gosling and his “Drive” director, Nicolas Winding Refn, are scheduled to shoot before they team up again for a “Logan’s Run” remake. Deadline now reports that FilmDistrict has acquired the US distribution rights for “Only God Forgives”. The company is also distributing “Drive”, and Winding Refn’s satisfaction with how they have handled marketing that film was apparently key to this deal getting done.
Winding Refn had originally planned to do “Only God Forgives”, but when “Drive” and “Logan’s Run” surfaced he pulled out, only to come back to the project eventually. Gosling plays “a guy on the run from British police. He runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok that is a front for a drug-smuggling operation. He winds up getting in the ring for a shot at redemption.”
“Only God Forgives” is scheduled to begin shooting later this summer in Thailand, with funding from the Wild Bunch. In addition to Gosling, the film will co-star Kristin Scott-Thomas (“The English Patient”).
Winding Refn has repeatedly proven himself to be one of the most interesting young filmmakers working anywhere in the world right now. His films manage to be badass, introspective, and moving, all at the same time, no easy feat. At the moment, “Drive” is one of my most anticipated films of this year, and “Only God Forgives”, which supposedly involves all manner of “Thai-style ass kicking”, is another one that I’m going to be keeping a close eye on.
Gosling is going to be a busy little bee for the foreseeable future. He’s in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” later this summer with Steve Carrel, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone; then he is set to film “A Place Beyond the Pines” for his “Blue Valentine” director, Derek Cianfrance; he’ll co-star with Sean Penn and Josh Brolin in Ruben Fleisher’s “Gangster Squad”; and then of course he still has “Only God Forgives” and “Logan’s Run” to contend with. I, for one, am okay with Gosling being in everything. He’s remarkably talented, makes excellent choices in roles, and he’s not to terrible to look at either. That’s the trifecta, right there.