Craig Gillespie had a unique start last year, when he released his first two feature films. Lars and the Real Girl was an amazing and memorable film that proved to be one of the highlights of last year's fest in Toronto. But there's also Mr. Woodcock, which was just about Lars' polar opposite. So, what could the future possibly bring with his third film? Thank God, it looks like it's going to be more like the former than the latter.
Variety reports that Ryan Gosling is currently negotiating to re-team with Gillespie in The Dallas Buyers Club for Universal and Strike. Unfortunately, it's not more sweet turns on the notion of dysfunction. Instead, the film will focus on the true story of late Texan Ron Woodroof. He was an electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in the '80s and given only 6 months to live.
"Frustrated with the lack of available medical options and unwilling to accept a death sentence, Woodroof found a lifeline using alternative drugs and created a lucrative smuggling business that made those drugs available to AIDS patients." That's one way to do it! According to producer David Bushell, he was also a "hard-drinking, carousing outlaw who got ticked off when told to go home and die."
I've no doubt that Gosling can pull this off, but man, this project has changed a lot over the years. In 2002, Craig Borton and Melissa Wallach were penning it for Brad Pitt, with Marc Forster directing. Then Guillermo Arriaga and Stephen Belber had a hand at the script. Now Chase Palmer is doing a rewrite; with Gillespie and Gosling's abilities to merge levity with drama, this could be one heck of a movie.