Gosling’s “LOST RIVER” To Skip Theatrical ReleaseNews Ken W. Hanley
To those who have been following Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, LOST RIVER (f/k/a HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER), the story surrounding the films release is a horror unto itself. The violent, ethereal film, which contains underwater cities, demons and sexual predators, was bought for distribution by Warner Brothers before it’s controversial Cannes bow, where the film was given many negative notices. And while industry rumors have long said that WB is trying to find a new outlet for the creepy genre film’s release, the news was confirmed today by Collider and Variety, who state the film will bypass theaters for a home media release this April.
As disappointing as this may be to those excited to see the surreal fright fantasy, which stars Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith, Eva Mendes and Saoirse Ronan, there’s likely justification in the release. LOST RIVER has often drawn comparisons to Gosling influence/collaborator Nicolas Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES, which was equally as controversial and was supported by a built-in fan base. And with last week’s VOD release of THE INTERVIEW, there’s a chance Warner Brothers may have felt the film would fare better in a similar environment. In any case, the fact that the film will be even skipping a limited theatrical run is admittedly disheartening, and if the film finds the cult appreciation it appears destined to, maybe LOST RIVER will float towards a midnight cult canon instead.