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Nicolas Winding Refn to Direct FilmDistrict's First Movie

Director Nicolas Winding Refn is set to helm the first movie to be released by new studio FilmDistrict, Slashfilm.com is reporting. The movie is ‘Drive,’ based on the novel by James Sallis, and is set for a late summer or early fall release for next year.

‘Drive,’ which was once set to be directed by Neil Marshall and released by Universal, stars Ryan Gosling who plays a stuntman by day, and a getaway driver by night. He is forced to flee after a heist he’s involved in goes wrong. Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks and Bryan Cranston are also on board to star. Hossein Amini wrote the script, which in part lured Refn to accept the director’s position.

The indie film is being put together in part by Graham King and Tim Headington of GK Films. The two will be running FilmDistrict with Bob Berney and Peter Schlessel, who left Apparition right before Cannes this year. The new studio aims to pick up films featuring well-known actors, and distribute them to 1,500 to 2,000 screens.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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