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Ryan Gosling and Ken Kao Form Film & TV Production Company

June 14, 2017


Ryan Gosling and Ken Kao have formed a new film and TV production company called Arcana and they are collaborating on their first project: director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) new film THE FAVOURITE, which stars Emma Stone alongside Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The project recently wrapped production in the UK.

The Favourite is based on a Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara script and follows the clandestine personal and political machinations of the reign of Queen Anne (Colman), the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. Lanthimos won Best Screenplay in Cannes for The Killing of a Sacred Deer and received a Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for The Lobster. Arcana has partnered with producers Ceci Dempsey for Scarlet Films and Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday for Element Pictures, Film4 and Fox Searchlight.

Gosling and Lao’s partnership follows their recent collaborations on Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys and Terrence Malick’s Song to Song. The pair also announced the acquisition of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed graphic novel The Underwater Welder, which will be adapted to the big screen alongside Anonymous Content.

In addition to Arcana, Kao will continue to run his Waypoint Entertainment production banner and BLOM with partner Alex Walton. Kao’s upcoming slates includes: Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike; Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider starring Jared Leto; Destin Daniel Cretton’s The Glass Castle starring Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts; and Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London, the first feature film ever to be broadcast live, starring Harrelson and Owen Wilson. Waypoint Entertainment recently acquired the rights to bestselling and award-wining author Jeff Lemire and illustrator Emi Lenox’s comic series Plutona as well as Mark Millar’s American Jesus and Supercrooks.


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