After working together on The Nice Guys and Song to Song, Ryan Gosling and producer Ken Kao have joined forces to form Arcana, a new production company that will focus on finding and developing a wide range of unique and diverse material for film and television.
Arcana’s first official project is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming film THE FAVOURITE, which stars Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, and just finished filming in the UK. Is it a coincidence that the first film from Gosling’s new company will be an Emma Stone movie? Possibly, but I doubt it.
Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts.
Arcana has partnered with producers Ceci Dempsey of Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, along with Film4 and Fox Searchlight. The Favourite is an intriguing first project for Arcana, seeing as how Lanthimos earned an Oscar nomination last year for writing The Lobster, and he just won best screenplay in Cannes for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
Gosling and Kao previously announced the acquisition of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed graphic novel The Underwater Welder, which they are developing alongside Anonymous Content.
The Arcana deal gives Gosling access to financing and puts him on equal footing with contemporaries like Jake Gyllenhaal, whose company Nine Stories has a first-look production deal with Bold Films.
Gosling recently earned his second Oscar nomination for his turn in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. He next stars alongside Harrison Ford in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, which hits theaters in October, and he’s also set to play Neil Armstrong in Chazelle’s upcoming Universal film First Man. Gosling previously wrote, produced and directed his first feature film Lost River, and it’s possible that he could develop his next directorial effort under the Arcana banner.
In addition to launching Arcana, Kao will continue to run his Waypoint Entertainment production banner as well as BLOOM with partner Alex Walton. Kao’s production slate includes Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale; Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider starring Jared Leto; Destin Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson. Waypoint Entertainment recently acquired the rights to Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox’s comic series Plutona, as well as the Mark Millar properties American Jesus and Supercrooks.
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