Too good to be true: Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn working on a rom-com; want Albert Brooks to pen

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 20th, 2011

Nicolas Winding Refn

Talk about a burgeoning friendship.

With the pair’s film, DRIVE, making waves at Cannes and now the LA Film Festival, director Nicolas Winding Refn and his muse Ryan Gosling will next work on a remake of the beloved film, LOGAN’S RUN. Oh, but that’s not it. The two are set to work on a new project, wholly unlike anything the Danish auteur has done to date.

The LA Times recently spoke to Refn, who revealed that he and Gosling are set to work on a comedy film “set in New York,” with the two of them looking to talk their DRIVE co-hort Albert Brooks to pen the script. Life = made.

Gosling is set to show his comedic chops in CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE later this year, and this will definitely be a change of pace for Refn, who is best known for laugh-free fare like the meditative and haunting VALHALLA RISING, the brilliant PUSHER trilogy and the aforementioned neon-neo-noir DRIVE.

Personally, as an admitted acolyte of Refn, this could not be any more interesting. I think that he’s far and away the most intriguing filmmaker working today, and has the talent to one day be put alongside names like Kubrick (who is an obvious influence on the director). Toss in Gosling, who is a gifted thespian to boot, and this is one friendship I damn well hope never ends.

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