Back in August we reported that Ryan Gosling was teaming up with Christina Hendricks for his directorial debut; the dark, modern fairytale, How To Catch A Monster — and now Hendricks has revealed some exciting new details about the fantasy thriller. Read on for more.

According to TotalFilm, the official synopsis goes something like this:

“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.”

Hendricks has managed to elaborate on that a little, in her own, skilled way, without giving up too much of the story details. Here’s what she had to say:

“[My single mother character is] supporting two children and trying to provide a home for them and a place of comfort in a continuously harder place to be. And I find myself working in this very surreal club that gets me into a sort of predicament, and in the meantime, these boys are off on their own adventures and they discover this underground city.”

She then went on to discuss the general feel of the film, the budget, and how her primary reaction to the script was one of nostalgia:

“I don’t know what the exact budget is, but I think we’ve got a nice amount. I’m sure it will be incredibly clever, and Ryan already has storyboards and pictures of neighbourhoods and homes, and he’s already collecting music for it… when you read it, it gives you the feeling, maybe, of a memory. Something from your childhood that you can’t really pinpoint.”

Sounding good so far? The fact that Gosling has also written the screenplay, described as a “beautifully haunting script” by producer Marc Platt, has certainly piqued our interest. Here’s what Gosling had to say about it last month:

“I am very appreciative to Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive and I look forward to making this film with all of them.”

Gosling, Hendricks, Platt and Siegel all worked together on Drive, the gangster thriller from Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn – highly regarded as one of last year’s best-received films. How to Catch a Monster will see Hendricks, best known for her role as Joan Harris in Mad Men, in a rare lead film role. We’re sure to have more on this story as it develops.

How to Catch a Monster is scheduled to start shooting in spring, with an expected arrival sometime in 2014.

Are you excited about How to Catch a Monster yet?