Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut: Five Reasons It’s The Best News Ever

Actor is stepping behind the lens for 'How to Catch a Monster,' a 'modern-day fairytale' starring Christina Hendricks.

Hey girl, turn your attention away from that “Golden Girls” marathon for a moment, because we have some news that will make you yell, “F— Yeah!” Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling will make his directorial debut with “How to Catch a Monster,” starring “Drive” co-star Christina Hendricks.

The screenplay, which Gosling also wrote, is described as weaving “elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern-day fairytale.” The film follows a single mother whose son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Production will begin in the spring of 2013.

Thematically, the project is a departure for Gosling, who tends to favor moody dramas like “Drive” and “The Ides of March,” but we’re nonetheless thrilled the thespian is stepping behind the camera. Here’s five reasons why:

It Sounds Wildly Weird (In The Best Way Ever)
Gosling has a well-publicized affinity for the macabre. Growing up on the backlot of Disney World, the former Mouseketeer freely admits to a childhood obsession with a certain ooky, spooky attraction.

“The Haunted Mansion ride changed my life,” he told USA Today in 2011. “When I was 14, when it went around the corner and all those ghosts were dancing with each other, it made me think that dying wasn’t so bad. I kind of grew up in a haunted house. I used to think my house was haunted. We did at the time, and we moved because of it. So when I went on the Haunted Mansion ride, it made me think it wasn’t so bad.”

Gosling’s incorporated whimsical, fantastical elements into his musical collaboration Dead Man’s Bones to intriguing effect, so we’re curious to see how this sensibility will translate on the big screen.

He Can Round Up an All-Star Cast
In his nearly two decades in the industry, Gosling’s worked with a slew of highly sought-after talent, from Justin Timberlake to Emma Stone to Sean Penn. With “Mad Men” star Hendricks already in place, and his brand intimately enmeshed in the project, Gosling probably has his pick of Hollywood heavyweights to round out the roster. George Clooney as the titular monster? It could happen!

He’s Living His Dream
Speaking of Clooney, while promoting the political intrigue, “The Ides of March,” Gosling told MTV News that one of the biggest draws of the project was the opportunity to observe the actor/director in his natural habitat.

“I’d like to do that,” Gosling told Josh Horowitz of his directing aspirations. “That was one of the reasons I wanted to work with George, was to see how that’s done.”

How can you not love a guy who sets goals for himself and achieves them?

It Will Round Out His Resume
Actor, singer, dancer, vigilante, meme muse. There’s no denying Gosling’s got a chockablock CV, but there’s always room for additional accomplishments. Screenwriting and directing will make Gosling a true force to reckoned with in Hollywood. Next stop: costume designer?

Directorryangosling.tumblr.com Isn’t Taken Yet
Say what you will, but the Internet can always use another good Ryan Gosling meme. Feminist Ryan Gosling is so spring 2012, and while Film Studies Ryan Gosling already examines the industry with loving absurdity, we’d welcome the even more refined Director Ryan Gosling with open arms.

Are you excited for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut?