Ryan Gosling is making a movie adaptation of graphic novel 'The Underwater Welder'.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

The 36-year-old actor has teamed up with Ken Kao and Anonymous Content to create a film from Jeff Lemire's ghost story.

Lemire's tale - which was a New York Times best-seller - focuses on main character Jack Joseph, an expectant father who is an offshore oil rig worker responsible carrying out welding repairs to the rig underwater. During one dive he encounters a supernatural presence at the bottom of the sea that puts him in contact with the ghost of his own father.

So far there are no confirmed cast members, screenwriters or director attached to the project but Gosling is expected to star.

Lemire, Top Shelf Productions Editor-in-Chief Chris Staros and Ted Adams, CEO at IDW Publishing, are attached as executive producers.

Gosling won rave reviews for his lead role massive smash 'La La Land', which scooped six Academy Awards, but he lost out on the Best Actor Oscar to 'Manchester by the Sea' star Casey Affleck.

He will next be seen in 'Song to Song' in which he appears with Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Gosling - who has two children with his partner Eva Mendes - recently wrapped filming on the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel 'Blade Runner 2049'.