FilmDistrict Nabs Rights to Ryan Gosling Film 'Drive'


FilmDistrict has picked up U.S. rights to Drive, a crime tale starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman and Christina Hendricks.

Recently founded by Graham King and Tim Headington's GK Films in partnership with Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict is starting to fill out its release slate. This week, it picked up Sean McNamara's Soul Surfer, which it will release in partnership with Sony's TriStar Pictures.

Drive, now filming, is the first film co-produced and co-financed by OddLot Entertainment and Bold Films in association with Marc Platt Prods. In the movie, which will be released next fall, Gosling plays a Hollywood stuntman who gets drawn into a heist that goes bad.

The film was adapted by Hossein Amini from a book by James Sallis and produced by Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Michel Litvak, Adam Siegel and John Palermo. Exec producers are David Lancaster, Gary Michael Walters, Bill Lischak and Linda McDonough.

The deal was negotiated by Schlessel and WME's Graham Taylor. Affinity International is handling international sales. 

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