International buyers are snapping up rights to Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster. Sierra/Affinity, which is handling international sales, has sold more than 20 territories.
Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Rob Zabrecky will star in the modern fantasy-drama, for which Gosling has also written the screenplay. Warner Bros. acquired U.S. rights to the project last week, before it headed off to the Cannes market. Principal photography will begin this month in Detroit.
Entertainment One has taken the film for U.K./Canada; Wild Side for France; Sun Distribution for Latin America; and Tanweer for India. Other sales were reported for Australia/New Zealand (Entertainment One Australia), Benelux (Cineart), CIS (Top Film Distribution/DK Media), Ex-Yugo (Cinemania), Greece (Seven Films), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Iceland (Myndform), Malaysia/Singapore (MVP Entertainment), Middle East (Eagle Films), Philippines (Viva Communications), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Scanbox), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Thailand (Monkol), and Turkey (Calinos Entertainment).
Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing How to Catch a Monster on behalf of Marc Platt Productions, along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via the Bold Films banner.