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Ryan Gosling working with Nicolas Winding Refn on a “franchise” project

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 9th, 2010

Apparently Nicolas Winding Refn has found his Mads Mikkelsen for this new portion of his career.

In an interview to promote his new film, BLUE VALENTINE, actor Ryan Gosling exclusively sat down with The Playlist, to not only chat the much talked about R-rated relationship film, but also working with the aforementioned Danish auteur on his upcoming film, DRIVE.

However, the really interesting aspect of the interview came in speaking about what he and Refn may be doing in the future. For those who may not remember, Gosling was one name on the admittedly long list actors up for the role of Hal Jordan, aka The Green Lantern. Well, during the interview, the actor revealed that while he’s “not actively looking for a franchise, it would be like who’s directing it, what’s the story?” Apparently Refn has talked to Gosling about doing WONDER WOMAN, a project Refn has been talking about hoping on since earlier this year.

Gosling also posits that “if Nicolas wanted to do The Flash…I don’t know. I’d probably have to think about it…We’re actually talking about doing something, a type of franchise. I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s known, it’s a part of pop culture. I’d be interested in trying it with someone like him.” Talk about being tight-lipped.

Personally, and readers of the blog will now, that to me, Refn can do absolutely no wrong. Since his PUSHER trilogy, all the way to the second best film of the year, VALHALLA RISING, Refn has proven that, no matter the genre, he can handle it with real style and skill. I would love to see someone like him take on WONDER WOMAN, or even, while it doesn’t quite fit him, THE FLASH. However, I think that this guy, and Gosling as well, can do any type of pop culture franchise film. Maybe a Grand Theft Auto adaptation?

Just an idea, guys.

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