Nicolas Winding Refn still looking to DRIVE with Ryan Gosling

Nicolas Winding Refn

With the announcement that he would be helming the upcoming neo-Western ONLY GOD FORGIVES as his next film, many  fans of Nicolas Winding Refn were overjoyed, as well as quite melancholy, because this meant the imminent demise of his adaptation of James Sallis’ neo-noir novel, Drive.

Or so we thought.  According to Screen Daily, Affinity International is currently offering the project to buyers in Cannes, with Refn still attached.  The novel follows a Hollywood stuntman who happens to be a getaway driver for criminals.  He falls into some hard times when he helps a neighbor’s ex-boyfriend, thus creating quite a bit of drama.

The film is set to star Ryan Gosling, and has been compared to films like BULLITT and THE FRENCH CONNECTION.

Refn could shoot a film of my puppy chewing on a bone, and it would be my most anticipated film ever, so really, I can’t wait to see this one on the big screen. Refn is a brilliant filmmaker, and if you need proof, fire up the computer and check out his PUSHER trilogy and BRONSON, which are both currently on Netflix Watch Instantly. Gosling is a gifted actor, so overall, this is really a project that you cannot go wrong with.  Hopefully this one gets made sooner rather than later.

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Born in the tiny Michigan city known as Holland, and raised in the even smaller city known as Saugatuck, I have been a film geek for the majority of my life, and have known film was my passion ever since the final frame of THE LION KING. I’m a romantic with a thing for 60’s pop music (preferably French), John Keats poems, and an even bigger thing for film noir. Currently a Journalism Major at Grand Valley State University, I am using my love of film, and my deathly, ninja-like, skill behind the keyboard to slowly take over the world. When I’m not writing about or watching film, I’m listening to music, particularly from the likes of TV on the Radio, Best Coast, and Semi Precious Weapons. I play the ukulele, and I also have a deep and intense love for Gustavo Santaolalla and Ennio Morricone, but then again, who doesn’t. I was drum major for my high school marching band for two years, I’m one of the four people who actually watched Dollhouse, and my favorite film of all time is Godard’s BREATHLESS. I’m a wannabe screenwriter, a wild thing, a nerd, a geek, and most importantly, I’m a lover of film. Oh, and I want to be Captain Planet when I grow up.