Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River’ Will Get Day-and-Date VOD Release

Ryan Gosling Directing Lost River

UPDATE, Dec. 30, 1:20 p.m. PST — Warner Bros. will give a limited U.S. theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles  for “Lost River,” Ryan Gosling’s much-derided directorial debut, in the early second quarter along with a day and date release on digital platforms.

Variety had reported initially on Monday that there would be no theatrical release.

“Lost River” premiered to mostly negative notices in May at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.

Variety’s Justin Chang gave it a pan: “‘Lost’ is indeed the operative word for this violent fairy tale about a fractured family trying to survive among the ruins of a city overrun by thugs, sexual predators and other demons….”

The film stars Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan and Iain De Caestecker. The script, written by Gosling, centers on a single mother swept into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.

Warner Bros. acquired U.S. rights in 2013 during Cannes, where Sierra/Affinity sold international rights to 20 markets. The film, which was shot in Detroit, was called “How to Catch a Monster” at that point.

Production companies are Marc Platt, Phantasma Films and Bold Films production. Producers are Platt, Gosling, Adam Siegel, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster.

News about “Lost River” being released in the second quarter was first reported by Collider.com.

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  1. John says:

    I hope Ryan doesn’t become disheartened by the negativity of some mediocre critics. I genuinely enjoyed this cinematic release. Hopefully he will have learned from his experiences and create a masterpiece for all to revel in.

  2. Rose Marie Seekamp says:

    Too bad Mr. Chang couldn’t have totally obliterated this first time effort with his review. Now we get a chance to see it. At least he didn’t feel the need to blame RG”s haircut “If a $200 haircut and $900 shades were given lots of money to defecate on Detroit, the result would be Ryan Gosling’s directing debut” as Wesley Morris did. I am anxious to see this film.

  3. I got a feeling that there is trouble in paradise. There is mix view about how bad or good that the film will be. I hope that Ryan Gosling second directing job won’t cause all this kind of trouble.

  4. WillChance says:

    Something intrigues. I would like to understand the cuts to the script, both by Ryan and by those exercising a studio role. I would also like to hear from Ryan what was intended in specific scenes and what was cut in editing or failed to come to full in the acting.

    I suspect he was attempting an American History X to emerge, but with iPorn testosterone trumping failed-white-male racism. I think he was onto something quite good here, but was brought short by pressures from American peers, studio guidance, lawyes and ubiquitous box-checking feminine voices. This film may have become something in Belgium. I hope he continues to explore whatever he is trying to bring into form, but with less interest in fantasy efforts and more on a male sexuality emerging from the chilling embers of Feminised, Consumerised America.

  5. I got a feeling that you must be a very loyal Ryan Gosling fan to sit through this film. Good luck to Ryan Gosling because it look like he will be need it . I can’t wait to either to rent or buy the DVD in April 2015.

  6. The cinematography was great, but the story was a complete and utter mess.

  7. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    Some actors actually think they can write.

  8. I hope the film’s actually good and that he gets another shot.

  9. Jeez says:

    This was actually a good film. It will do well online and gosling will have the last laugh.

  10. Glenn C. says:

    Loved DRIVE. Great. Ryan did a great job in that. So far the director’s best work. It’s always a hit/miss with films.

    • factcheck says:

      Ryan Gosling did not direct Drive.

      • seriously? says:

        @ChrisL. Are you trolling? Read for context. “Ryan did a great job / So far the director’s best work.” Usually people write sentences that are supposed to logically follow the previous sentence, not non sequiturs. Either Glenn C. mistakenly thinks Gosling directed Drive, or he is conflating Gosling’s work as an actor in Drive with his work as director of Lost River, which would be silly because this article is about Gosling’s work as a director, not an actor.

      • Chris L. says:

        Glenn C. didn’t say Gosling directed Drive. Two separate sentences, with “the director’s best work” referring to Refn. #WhoWillFactcheckTheFactcheckers?

  11. guest says:

    I hope Gosling lost his shirt with this one! How dare he use the name of WB. He should save it for the throngs of indie wanna be’s and get in line! Its simply wrong and unfair to pit him at the front when he is a lousy stupid uneducated actor.

    • macd says:

      I, for one, congratulate Ryan Gosling for attempting to expand his creative horizons. I also find it “wrong and unfair” to call him “a lousy stupid uneducated actor”. And “the name of WB” is hardly sacrosanct. Many a lowly actor has turned out to be a formidable filmmaker, the most recent example being Angelina Jolie, whose first directorial effort was a forgotten flop but whose second “Unbroken” is one of this year’s major hits. Nor should it be necessary to remind those with short memories that Robert Redford and Warren Beatty won well-deserved Best Director Oscars for their memorable “Ordinary People” and “Reds”. That being said, I look forward to Mr. Gosling’s second venture as a filmmaker and will certainly check out “Lost River” when it’s shown on cable-TV.

      • Sal U. Lloyd says:

        Macd, please explain how Angelina Jolie was a “lowly” actor prior to her directing debut???

        Oh, and by the way, no Golden Globe noms for Jolie–not that means a lot in determining whether a movie is good or not.

      • eh says:

        “Unbroken” is making business because of the type of movie it is, based on an inspirational real-life story. Anyone can sell that, especially if the Coen brothers are writing the screenplay and Roger Deakins is DP. The critical consensus is that Jolie herself as director was merely competent at best. Point is some actors are good at filmmaking, and some are not; one strength doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the other, and box office is a poor indication of quality. Perhaps you congratulate Mr. Gosling as a fan, but there is no way of judging him as a director until you’ve seen what he’s directed. It’s not insignificant that critics have panned “Lost River”, that WB doesn’t have enough faith in this film to give it a theatrical release, and that WB was apparently unsuccessful in their previously reported attempts to find another distributor for this movie, as well. I agree that there’s no reason to be hostile toward actors’ attempts to direct, but let’s not prop them up, either. Hold them to the same standards as any other filmmaker, if you care about film.

    • FlaGuy954 says:

      Talk about nastiness and jealousy! Don’t you remember what your mother told you? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

  12. John Shea says:

    Didn’t Kim Jong-Un like it?

  13. I will waited until Warner Bros decided to release the film on DVD format and buy it.

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