Milla Jovovich and Dave Bautista are no strangers to starring in action movies, so it makes sense that they’re teaming up for one. The duo are on board to star in In The Lost Lands, a feature adaptation of a George R.R. Martin short story. Paul W.S. Anderson, the man behind the Resident Evil franchise – and also Jovovich’s husband – will direct.
In The Lost Lands revolves around a queen who is desperate to fulfill her love, so she decides to hire a powerful sorceress named Gray Alys and sends her to the ghostly wilderness of the Lost Lands. There, Alys and her guide, a drifter named Boyce, must outwit and outfight both man and demon.
That synopsis couldn’t sound more like a Martin story if it tried. Jovovich was actually previously in talks to star in this project way back in 2015, but it never panned out.
Jeremy Bolt and Constantin Werner will produce this new incarnation of the film alongside Jovovich and Anderson, as well as Bautista and his producing partner Jonathan Meisner of Dream Bros Entertainment. FilmNation will shop the project at the upcoming European Film Market.
This announcement will likely lead to two conflicting reactions for most. Excitement that another Martin story is getting an adaptation, and disappointment that it’s being helmed by Anderson, who still has the Resident Evil stink on him.
However, Anderson has always been an underappreciated action director – the later Resident Evil films get pretty interesting from a formalist standpoint – and seems to often be knocked for seeming a bit lowbrow and trashy. But this is a story about a sorceress and a drifter battling demons, hardly awards bait. Let’s indulge in the lowbrow.
Jovovich just got done starring in Monster Hunter – directed by Anderson and once again praised for its action but criticised for its writing – while Bautista just starred in family comedy My Spy, but does have Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, Zack Snyder‘s Army Of The Dead and, eventually, James Gunn‘s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 lined up.
In The Lost Lands likely won’t be the cinematic version of Game Of Thrones, but with Jovovich and Bautista leading it and Anderson directing, it will probably be a bunch of dumb fun. That’s okay too.