Ryan Gosling drops out of THE IDOLMAKER

Julian Stark

by: Julian Stark
June 3rd, 2011

Ryan Gosling leaves THE IDOLMAKER

We earlier reported that Ryan Gosling would direct and star in THE IDOLMAKER, a remake of Taylor Hackford’s first full-length feature, for MGM. The first film was a musical loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci, an early rock music manager who discovered acts like Frankie Avalon.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be seeing this project come to fruition, at least with Gosling on board. Deadline Hollywood reports that Gosling has left the project entirely. Between working the promotional circuit for CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. and DRIVE and filming BEYOND THE PINES with his BLUE VALENTINE director Derek Cianfrance, Ruben Fleischer’s GANGSTER SQUAD, and – eventually – a LOGAN’S RUN remake, Gosling just has far too much on his plate at the moment to tackle yet another project.

However, this doesn’t mean that Gosling is permanently out of the picture, as MGM would consider signing him back on for the project later if his availability opens. Gosling is a surprisingly talented vocalist, so he could appropriately fit into the framework of a musical, but it’s admirable that he realizes that he’s already boasting a heavily stuffed schedule.

I’d love to see him come back for this musical, as we don’t have enough of them in modern cinema, but it’d be better for him to avoid an excessive number of projects.

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