Distributor obtains U.S. rights to Gosling actioner

FilmDistrict has obtained U.S. distribution rights to “Only God Forgives,” the Ryan Gosling actioner directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel told Variety that the deal had closed Wednesday night.

Newly minted FilmDistrict’s already set to handle distribution on heist actioner “Drive,” which also stars Gosling with Refn directing. “Drive” opens Sept. 16.

“Only God Forgives” is set in the worlds of gambling, boxing and prostitution in Bangkok. Pic is a revenge story centering on a Thai cop and a British gangster hiding in Thailand.

French shingles Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-producing and co-financing the project, to which they’ll share international sales rights. Pic will start shooting in November and will be delivered during the second half of 2012.

FilmDistrict, backed by Graham King’s GK Films, is aiming to distribute mid-budget films as the majors focus on tentpoles. It released “Insidious” and has acquired sci-fier “Looper,” actioner “Parker,” romcom “Playing the Field,” “Arabian Nights” and Angelina Jolie’s “The Land Of Blood And Honey.”

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