Cianfrance to take Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper to The Place Beyond the Pines
July 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
At least, that’s what Fyodor Dostoevsky says in his masterpiece, Crime and Punishment. What he’s getting at, though, is the seemingly innocuous idea that crime, no matter the motivation, is an act instigated by circumstance, rather than one’s own volition.
It seems like a moment since theaters across the world watched the dust settle; the lingering burn of sulfur slowly dissipating as bottle rockets careened passed the rolling credits of Blue Valentine, bursting against the toxic black of what can only be described as outer darkness. Blue Valentine found writer and director Derek Cianfrance tackling the tender subject of divorce. Now, it seems as though he’s taking on a similarly paced drama; this time coupled with far more dire circumstances, and implications felt by several generations.
Cianfrance, who’s only other feature film credit aside from Blue Valentine is the little known drama Brother Tied, co-wrote The Place Beyond the Pines with fellow scribes Ben Coccio and Darius Marder. The story centers on a motorcycle stunt man (Ryan Gosling), who is forced into a life of crime in order to support his son, the result of a one-night-stand. As though that weren’t enough, things become complicated when a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) begins tailing him, which ignites a generational feud between the two men. With a penchant for intensely real emotional drama, it’s interesting to speculate as to the direction and personal flare Cianfrance will apply to a crime story.
“It’s going to kind of end like a family trilogy I’ve been working on, from ‘Brother Tied’, which is about brothers, ‘Blue Valentine’ is about husbands and wives, and this is about fathers and sons. At the same time, there are guns in the new one. I remember shooting ‘Blue Valentine’, that scene at the end of the film with Dean and Cindy in the kitchen and it was so emotional, so painful, and so difficult to get to that moment, I thought, ‘This is why people put guns in movies.’ Emotional violence is more difficult to get to. At the same time, when you put guns in movies, people shoot like 10,000 bullets. In ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’,there are two bullets that get shot. When the bullets get fired, they do damage. It’s going to hurt.”
“Pines” reunites Cianfrance with “Valentine” star Ryan Gosling. Joining them is a slew of A-listers, including Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Greta Gerwig, and Ben Mendelsohn . Production on the film is expected to begin sometime this summer, with a 2013 release.
Written by Zack Campbell