LANSING, Mich. -

A film that is being written and directed by Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling is set to start filming in metro Detroit in late Spring.

The Michigan Film Office on Monday said "How to Catch a Monster" had been approved for an incentive of $1,750,909 on $6,238,922 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 104 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 30 jobs.

About the movie:

The modern-fantasy drama weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.

The film will star Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Eva Mendes (The Place Beyond the Pines), Matt Smith (Doctor Who on BBC One) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises).

Matt Platt and Adam Siegel are producing the film on behalf of Matt Platt Productions, along with Gosling via his Phantasma Films banner.  Michel Litvak and David Lancaster are producing and financing via the Bold Films banner.  Sierra/Affinity is overseeing international sales for the film.

About the Michigan Film Office:

In Fiscal Year 2013, 14 projects have been awarded a total of $32,713,715 on $126,410,988 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,294 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 589 jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all completed applications using the statute to guide approval decisions.

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